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Sharma approves plan to boost Shropshire’s electricity network

Words: Laura Edgar
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Energy secretary Alok Sharma has granted a development consent order (DCO) for the reinforcement of the North Shropshire Electricity Distribution Network.

The project is considered a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). 

The scheme will run from Oswestry Grid Substation to Wem Primary Substation – all within Shropshire Council’s administrative boundary.

According to the application form submitted by SP Manweb plc in November 2018, the development comprises a 132-kilovolt electrical circuit between the two substations, with associated temporary construction works.

The circuit will be a combination of underground cables and overhead line and will involve 21.3 kilometres of 132kV electric overhead line supported on Trident wood poles and about 1.2km of 132kV underground cable.

The energy secretary concurred with the inspector’s report, which highlights that the current local electricity distribution network is operating at or close to capacity. “Reinforcement of the local distribution network is therefore required to ensure that the applicant can continue to comply with statutory and licence duties obligations,” it says.

The DCO is subject to a number of modifications. 

All documents relating to the development can be found on the Planning Inspectorate website.

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