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28/07/2016

UK Government approves overhead power line project for North Wales

Words: Roger Milne

Greg Clark, the new business and energy secretary, has approved proposals for a new overhead power line scheme in North Wales.

The project, the subject of a Development Consent Order application, involves a new 132 Kilovolt
link between Clocaenog Forest and St Asaph in Denbighshire.

Power company, SP Energy Networks, proposed the scheme to connect a number of new wind farms to the area’s electricity distribution network.

The scheme stretches for 17.4 miles and is wholly in Wales.

The project lies outside the boundaries of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Snowdonia National Park.

The so-called Option B route has been given consent.

There was pressure for the scheme to be undergrounded for all or part of the route, but the decision letter from the Secretary of State made it clear that he believes that this would be uneconomic.

Clark’s letter said there was a “compelling case” for the scheme.

The decision letter can be found here.

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