The Department for Energy and Climate Change has approved a new electric line connection from Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
The line, which has just received development consent, will carry the power between Bridgwater, Somerset and Seabank, near Avonmouth, from Hinkley Point. It will use the new T-pylon, designed following a competition held in 2001.
National Grid has an agreement in place with EDF Energy to provide the connection, and it needs to be constructed before Hinkley Point C starts generating electricity. Last year EDF and China General Nuclear Corporation (CGN) reached an agreement to build the scheme. Under its terms, EDF will take a 66.5% stake in Hinkley Point C, with CGN taking the remaining 33.5%. The agreement is subject to a final investment decision by EDF Energy, which is expected imminently.
The Planning Inspectorate’s director for major applications and plans, Mark Southgate said: “The decision announced today supports the recommendation made by the Planning Inspectorate and is the 48th application for a nationally significant infrastructure project to be examined.”
Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Bourne said: “This is a step forward in the Hinkley Point C project, which will play a crucial part in our plan to provide clean, affordable and secure energy for hardworking families and businesses.
“Hinkley represents a major boost for the UK and local economy – powering nearly six million homes and creating more than 25,000 jobs with a significant number for the people of Somerset.”