NATIONAL GRID APPEARS COMPLICIT IN THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SUFFOLK COAST
In Suffolk and along the Suffolk coast residents are well aware of the cost of energy proposals, both in terms of the impact on the natural environment and the effects on peoples lives, homes and businesses.
National Grid provides grid connection offers to developers, inturn National Grid influences where new projects seek to build the industrial infrastructure to connect offshore wind farms and subsea interconnector cables to the grid.
The situation on the Suffolk coast shows a complete lack of consideration of the ‘cumulative impact’ of multiple large scale industrial developments in such a small area.
1. EAST ANGLIA ONE NORTH – EA1N
An offshore wind farm consisting up to 67 turbines, generators and associated infrastructure, with an installed capacity of up to 800MW
Proposed location 36km from Lowestoft and 42km from Southwold.
From landfall the cables would be routed underground to an onshore substation complex currently proposed at Grove Wood to the north of Friston.
2. EAST ANGLIA TWO – EA2
An offshore wind farm consisting of up to 75 turbines, generators and associated infrastructure, with an installed capacity of up to 900MW.
Proposed location 37km from Lowestoft and 32km from Southwold.
From landfall the cables would be routed underground to an onshore substation currently proposed at Grove Wood to the north of Friston.
For these 2 projects, 3 substations would be needed to be built one each for EA1N & EA2 plus a further National Grid substation, in all in excess of 35 acres of land would be need for industrial buildings and infrastructure. On top of this an area over 100 acres would also be required for sealing compounds, surface water drainage ponds, screening/planting.
The Secretary of State has extended the decision date for these DCO proposals to the 31st March 2022.
Nautilus Interconnector is a proposed second Interconnector between Great Britain and Belgium.
Nautilus would create a new 1.4 gigawatts (GW) high voltage direct current (HVDC) electricity link between the transmission systems of Great Britain and Belgium. The project requires the construction of a large ‘converter station’ in each country and the installation of offshore and onshore underground direct current cables.
In the UK, the offer from National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) allows for a connection at a new 400kV substation located close to the Sizewell 400kV network, provisionally referred to as ‘Leiston 400kV’.
NGV has carried out an initial round of consultation for Nautilus Interconnector . Currently NGV appears to be promoting a grid connection via an unbuilt and not yet consented connection Grove Wood, Friston.
The Nautilus Proposal has been logged with the Planning Inspectorate and details will be available here: NGV Nautilus PINS
4. EUROLINK INTERCONNECTOR
Eurolink Interconnector is a proposal to build a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission cable between the UK and the Netherlands. The capacity of the link will be 1400MW.
The project is in the very early stages, NO consultations have been carried out & it is not yet known where Eurolink proposes to connect to the grid.
5. SEA LINK – NGET SUBSEA GRID CONNECTOR (FORMERLY SCD1)
National Grid Electricity Transmission has published details of ‘Sea Link’ formerly called SCD1 link.
National Grids website states:
“Sea Link will add much-needed capability to the electricity transmission network, enabling low carbon and green energy from other projects to connect to the network and be transported around the country.”
National Grid has had in excess of 10 years since the Suffolk Energy Symposium, yet National Grid is only now putting forward proposals for upgrading the grid. SASES is deeply concerned that yet again the Sizewell area is being considered….what does this actually mean, given that National Grid consistently associates Friston with Leiston & Sizewell?
6. SCD2 – SUBSEA GRID CONNECTOR
A proposed second subsea UK grid connector to link Suffolk & Kent
The project is in the early stages, NO consultations have been carried out & it is not yet known exactly where SCD2 will propose to connect to the grid.
7. NORTH FALLS – OFFSHORE WINDFARM
(EXTENSION OF GREATER GABBARD OFFSHORE WIND FARM)
An offshore electricity generating station approximately 24.5km from its nearest point at the Port of Lowestoft.
It is estimated to have an installed capacity in excess of 100MW and will principally comprise offshore wind turbines together with associated infrastructure (onshore and offshore) including a connection to the electricity transmission network.
North Falls project is currently undergoing public consultation, North Falls Wind Farm consultation is exploring cable landing between Frinton and Holland on Sea.
The North Falls Proposal has been logged with the Planning Inspectorate and details will be available here: North Falls PINS.
8. FIVE ESTUARIES – OFFSHORE WINDFARM
(EXTENSION OF GALLOPER OFFSHORE WIND FARM)
Five Estuaries offshore wind farm proposes to generate in excess of 300MW. The project will be comprised of (but not limited to) an offshore wind farm, including wind turbine generators and associated foundations and array cables.
Proposed transmission infrastructure, including offshore substations and associated foundations, offshore and onshore export cables (underground).
Onshore substation, and connection infrastructure will be required to connect to the electricity grid.
Five Estuaries project is in the early stages, consultations are exploring cable landing between Frinton and Holland on Sea.
The 5 Estuaries project has been logged with the Planning Inspectorate and details will be available here: 5 Estuaries PINS.
9. EDF SIZEWELL C (X 2 NEW NUCLEAR REACTORS)
Proposals for Sizewell C are for 2 new nuclear reactors providing a combined 3.2-gigawatt power station.
Developer EDF seeks to build 2 nuclear reactors within the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB protected landscape, adjacent to world renowned RSPB Minsmere nature reserve.
The Sizewell C Planning Inspectorate examination has ended, the Secretary of State will make a decision in 2022.