Friday, March 28, 2014

Public invited to find out more about Western Link project


  • Public information events being held 3 and 9 April 2014.
  • Increase in activity on the Wirral and Deeside from April onwards.
  • Western Link will help increase the amount of power that can be generated by renewable energy in the UK and is scheduled for completion in 2016.

National Grid and ScottishPower Transmission are inviting people to come and find out what to expect in 2014 as activity increases to install a new 33km high voltage underground electricity cable across the Wirral peninsula and build a new electricity converter station on Deeside Industrial Park.

The underground cable and converter station are needed as part of the Western Link, a joint venture between the two companies to build one of the world’s longest undersea power cables to help bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and businesses in England and Wales.  The cable transmits direct current electricity, and the converter station changes this to alternating current for use in homes and businesses.

Work started last year to prepare for cable installation and to build the converter station.  For the cable, work concentrated at the top of the route, from Leasowe down to the Thornton Hough area, and on the preparations needed to bring the cable ashore at Leasowe.  Main site earthworks were completed for the converter station and civil construction began.

There has been minimal work during the winter but in April, people will see an increase in activity as work starts again.  To let people know what two expect, two public information events are being held in the Pensby and Burton areas.  A newsletter has been sent to people along the cable route and close to the converter station to let them know about the events.

Thursday 3 April, 1.30-8pm                            
Pensby Church Centre                           
St Michaels and All Angels                            
Gills Lane                                                          

CH61 1AF

Wednesday 9 April, 1.30-8pm
The Gladstone Village Hall
CH64 5TH

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