DECC not involved with under-sea cable

Charles Hendry has today stepped back from having any involvement with the proposed underground electricity cable that runs from Scotland to England via the Whirral. The cable will enable the […]

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By Tom Gibson

Charles Hendry has today stepped back from having any involvement with the proposed underground electricity cable that runs from Scotland to England via the Whirral. The cable will enable the transfer of large volumes of energy.

The Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change today said: “The Department regularly discusses electricity network policy issues with stakeholders including, National Grid however DECC does not have a role in approving specific transmission investments. The approval of grid investment projects is a matter for the transmission owners and Ofgem. Ofgem are currently seeking further information on the proposed West Coast undersea link from National Grid and Scottish Power to enable them to take a decision on approving funding for the investment.”

The proposed underground cable that would carry electricity from Scotland to England has come under fire recently from Environmental groups. Scotland traditionally generates more electricity than it consumes and as new renewable energy projects continue to come on-line, it is anticipated that exports will increase.

Andy Hiorns, Project Director at National Grid said: “This is an incredibly important project for the UK – it will help the country to meet its climate change commitments.”

The cable is part of a major upgrade to the electricity network in the UK. Much of the 370km will be laid under the Irish Sea before coming on to the mainland in Wirral, between Hoylake and Leasowe.