Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Public invited to find out more about the Western Link cable project

Public invited to find out more about the Western Link cable project

ScottishPower Transmission and National Grid are inviting people to find out more about their plans to build new electricity equipment in the Hunterston area as part of the Western Link project. 

This £1 billion project will bring clean, green electricity to power homes, schools, hospitals, offices and factories, and play an important role in helping the UK tackle climate change. 

Over the next few years the companies will be building a new electricity converter station and an electricity substation next to the Hunterston nuclear power stations.  They will also be installing a short section of underground cable to connect the two, and around 4km of underground cable to Ardneil Bay, where it will connect to a subsea marine cable.

The public information event is being held at Seamill Hydro Hotel on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 from 2pm to 8pm.

Niall Armstrong, Northern Converter Project Manager from ScottishPower Transmission said: “We’re about to start main construction work and we want to explain our plans to local people and businesses.  It’s important to us that we minimise the effects of construction as much as we can, and talking to local people can help us do this.”

ScottishPower Transmission and National Grid have awarded the contract for construction to a consortium of engineering company Siemens and cable manufacturer and installer Prysmian.  Siemens will be responsible for construction of the converter station, with Prysmian responsible for linking the converter station to the substation with a short underground cable and installing a further underground cable around 4km long from the converter station to Ardneil Bay.

At Ardneil Bay the underground cable links to a subsea marine cable that Prysmian is installing in the Irish Sea.  This is approximately 385km long and travels southwards, to the west of the Isle of Man, before coming ashore on the Wirral, in North West England. 

The cable then goes underground across the Wirral for around 33km, before linking to a second new converter station being built at Deeside, in Flintshire.  The converter stations are needed because the Western Link is transporting direct current electricity, which must be changed to alternating current before it can be used in homes and businesses.  Direct current is the most efficient way of transmitting the large volume of electricity that the Western Link will carry.

Further information on the project can be found on the website  

The project has a dedicated community relations team who can be contacted by calling 0800 021 7878 or emailing


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