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Greenlink invites further comments on draft onshore planning application in Wales

18 December 2019. Further to the recent rounds of public exhibitions in Pembrokeshire and ongoing consultation with local residents and other interested parties, Greenlink Interconnector Limited is inviting comments prior to applying for planning permission to Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC) and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (PCNPA).


A period of formal pre-application consultation on the draft planning applications commences today, 18 December 2019, and closes on 22 January 2020.

Copies of the draft documents, including the proposed application, plans and combined supporting documents, are published on the Greenlink website for the following applications:

  • PCC Outline Planning Application: Proposed development of a Converter Station and upgraded permanent access road from Wallaston Cross to the Converter Station, in addition to associated landscaping, drainage and other supporting infrastructure associated with the development at land to the south of Pembroke Power Station.

  • PCC Full Planning Application: Proposed development of underground HVDC and HVAC cables and associated works extending from the boundary with PCNPA at Neath Farm to land immediately south of the National Grid substation at Pembroke Power Station.

  • PCNPA Full Planning Application: Proposed development of underground HVDC cables and associated works extending from the landfall site at Freshwater West to the boundary with PCC at Neath Farm.


Anyone who wishes to make representations on the draft applications for the proposed development should write to the applicant/agent via email greenlink@arup.com or by post to Greenlink, Arup, 4th Floor, 4 Pierhead Street, Cardiff CF10 4QP by 22 January 2020. This deadline has been extended to take into account the Christmas period.


Following this pre-application consultation, the subsequent planning applications will be publicised by the relevant Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) and stakeholders will be able to make representations to the LPAs at that time.


Greenlink is one of Europe’s most important energy infrastructure projects. The electricity interconnector brings benefits on both sides of the Irish Sea for energy security, jobs and the cost-effective integration of low carbon energy. The privately financed project is being developed by Greenlink Interconnector Limited and is planned for commissioning in 2023.


In Pembrokeshire the interconnector comprises a subsea cable intended to come ashore under the beach and dunes at Freshwater West and continuing underground to a new converter station located near to the existing Pembroke substation. The project is expected to have a three-year construction programme, offering local supply chain opportunities.

ENDS

CONTACTS FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

Anna Stanford, Communications Consultant:

M: +44 7961 234634 Anna.Stanford@greenlink.ie

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About Greenlink

Greenlink is a proposed interconnector linking the power markets in Ireland and Great Britain. The project comprises a subsea and underground cable and associated converter stations to connect EirGrid’s Great Island transmission substation in County Wexford (Ireland) and National Grid’s Pembroke transmission substation in Pembrokeshire (Wales). It has a nominal capacity of 500MW. The project is being developed by Greenlink Interconnector Limited and is expected to be fully operational in 2023. More details at: www.greenlink.ie @Greenlink_IC

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