Planning inspectorate examining bigger transmission line for new nuclear plant at Wylfa

Plans for a new nuclear power plant at Wylfa in Anglesey, Wales, have taken a step forward as the new transmission line for the project has been accepted for examination by National Infrastructure Planning. The planning body has begun registering ‘interested parties’ for its examination of the so-called ‘North Wales Connection’.

The new plant, Wylfa Newydd, will comprise two nuclear reactors a generating capacity of 2900MW. The new 400kV electricity line is required, with other reinforcements in North Wales, to connect both the new nuclear plant and offshore wind in the Irish Sea.

Wolf Newydd itself was accepted for examination by NIP on 28 June and hearings were held in October. Interested parties now have until 4 December to make further representations. NIP has announced a further five days of hearings to be held in Anglesey on 7-11 January, and it is planning further hearings in March.

‘Interested parties’ who want to comment on plans for the connection must register by 29 November. See NIP website here. 

Further reading

New nuclear progress report

Wylfa’s ABWR: experience so far

Horizon seeks consents

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