The Greenlink project has required onshore and offshore planning consents in both Wales and Ireland. A electricity grid connection agreement for 500MW is already in place between Greenlink and the UK’s National Grid for a connection at Pembroke Substation in Wales.
In Wales, Greenlink will consist of a converter station sited close to the existing Pembroke substation and underground cabling that will predominantly be routed across agricultural land.
Various detailed technical and environmental surveys have been carried out during the development process to ensure that the final design fully incorporates the challenges and opportunities of the local environment.
Technical and environmental studies have included:
construction and access studies;
landscape and visual impact assessments;
traffic and transport assessments;
cultural heritage assessments;
and site hydrology assessments.
In July 2020 the onshore planning applications in Wales were approved unanimously by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Pembrokeshire County Council. Read the press releases here.
The developer of the Greenlink project strongly believes that a proactive and constructive dialogue with stakeholders throughout the development programme resulted in a high quality application and project design.
Construction of Greenlink is expected to lead to significant expenditure in Wales. We are committed to maximising the use of locally-based contractors and personnel during the construction and operational phases of the project and are always keen to hear of local businesses that could benefit. In November 2021 we held a well-attended Meet the Buyer event in Pembroke. If you are a local supplier who has goods and services you think might be of interest, please visit the Suppliers and Procurement page and submit your details.
Full details of the onshore converter station and the onshore and offshore cable routes, along with the technical and environmental assessments, can be found in the public consultation Information Brochure. You can view all planning documents on our Planning page.
In January 2022 we issued a community newsletter in Wales with an update on progress of the project. You can download and read it here.