Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm

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Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm

Received 05 September 2018
From National Grid Electricity Transmission PLC and National Grid Gas PLC


Representation by National Grid Gas Plc and National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc (together ‘National Grid’) to Thanet Extension Offshore Windfarm Development Consent Order.

National Grid wishes to make a relevant representation to the Thanet Extension Offshore Windfarm DCO in order to protect its position in relation to infrastructure and land which is within or in close proximity to the proposed Order Limits. National Grid’s rights to retain its apparatus in situ and rights of access to inspect, maintain, renew and repair such apparatus located within or in close proximity to the Order limits should be maintained at all times and access to inspect and maintain such apparatus must not be restricted.

The documentation and plans submitted for the above proposed scheme have been reviewed in relation to impacts on National Grid’s existing and consented apparatus and land interests located within this area. National Grid will require protective provisions to be included within the DCO to ensure that its interests are adequately protected and to ensure compliance with relevant safety standards.

National Grid Electricity Transmission

Richborough 400kV Substation:

National Grid is concerned that the Richborough 400kV substation (currently under construction) is currently shown to be within the order limits and could be the subject to compulsory acquisition. The substation will form an essential part of the electricity transmission system and part of National Grid’s Electricity Transmission statutory function.

Richborough Connection Project Order (2017):

National Grid’s Richborough Connection Project Order (2017) which provides rights to acquire land and construct a new high voltage 400kV electricity connection between Richborough and Canterbury North 400kV Substations appears to overlap with the proposed order limits of the Thanet Extension Windfarm Project. Careful consideration will need to be given to ensure that National Grid’s rights are protected and safeguarded. If any of the rights provided by the Richborough Connection Project Order (2017) are proposed to be changed or removed then alternative rights will need to be provided by the Thanet Extension Offshore Windfarm Order that are acceptable to, and have been agreed by National Grid.

Following a meeting with yourselves it appears unlikely that there will be a significant overlap in the construction of both projects. However, in the event that there is an overlap it will be essential to work together and agree a form of liaison procedure to ensure any potential interactions / conflicts can be proactively managed and resolved.

132kV underground cable:

Between National Grid’s 400kV substation and UKPN’s 132kV substation will be a 132kV underground cable. Careful consideration will need to be given by the Thanet Extension Offshore Windfarm project team to ensure none of the proposed works impact on the integrity of this cable. Unfettered access to this cable will also need to be maintained at all times.

As a responsible statutory undertaker, National Grid’s primary concern is to meet its statutory obligations and ensure that any development does not impact in any adverse way upon those statutory obligations.

National Grid reserves the right to make further representations as part of the examination process but in the meantime is negotiating with the promoter with a view to reaching a satisfactory agreement.