Wednesday, January 04, 2017

MP and councillors have sneak preview of new electricity station

• Mark Tami MP and local councillors tour new Flintshire Bridge converter station
• Commissioning of converter station well under way
• Power expected to flow in 2017

Mark Tami MP and local councillors have been treated to a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the new Flintshire Bridge converter station on Deeside Industrial Park, part of the Western Link project.

Mark Tami said: “I was delighted to be invited to the site. It’s such an impressive project that really showcases the kind of innovative businesses we have here in Alyn and Deeside. Western Link are investing in the future and it’s great to have them part of the local community.”

Councillors Paul Shotton, Andy Dunbobbin and Ian Dunbar from Flintshire County Council also joined Wirral Borough Councillors Chris Blakely and Bruce Berry and Cheshire West and Chester Councillor Louise Gittins on site for a tour of the site and a presentation.  They were hosted by Mark Williams, Senior Project Manager, Converters and Peter Roper, Senior Project Manager, Cables from the Western Link project.

On behalf of the Flintshire councillors, Councillor Paul Shotton said: “As local councillors we were pleased to have a tour of this £1 billion scheme bringing energy through cables from Scotland to Connah's Quay, which will help to secure energy supplies in the future. Our thanks to Western Link for keeping us updated at every stage." 

Commissioning of the converter station is well under way and power is expected to flow through the Western Link in 2017.

“We were delighted to be able to show our local MP and councillors around the site,” said Mark Williams. “It’s really impressive now that construction is more or less complete, and we’re very proud of our achievement here.

“We’ve built the converter station on the site of the former Shotton Steelworks, using around 560,000 tonnes of materials that we’ve recycled during regeneration of our site. This has resulted in a benefit to the local community, as it’s meant 28,000 fewer lorry movements on local roads.

“We’re using more recycled materials in landscaping the site and, as part of this, we’re planting 15,000 trees and shrubs.”

Flintshire Bridge converter station is on Deeside Industrial Park and is the southern end of the £1 billion Western Link project. At the northern end of the project, in North Ayrshire, work is continuing to construct and commission a second converter station, while out at sea, a subsea cable is being laid to connect North Ayrshire with Leasowe, Wirral, from where the cable travels underground to Flintshire Bridge converter station.

If people have any queries on the project they can contact the Community Relations Team by emailing or calling 0800 021 7878. They can also find more information on the website

The £1 billion Western Link project is a joint venture between National Grid and ScottishPower Transmission. When complete, it will bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and businesses in England and Wales and help the UK meet its carbon reduction targets.

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