Glyn Rhonwy Pumped Storage

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Glyn Rhonwy Pumped Storage

Received 15 January 2016
From SP Manweb

Representation

Representation

These comments are made by SP Manweb which is the licenced Distribution Network Operator (the DNO) for the Manweb (Merseyside, Cheshire, North Shropshire and North Wales area, within which the proposed development is located. SP Manweb is a statutory consultee in DCO applications.

Reference has been made to the Applicant's Grid Connection Statement, in particular paragraphs 4.3 to 4.5 and 5.2. In relation to paragraphs 4.3 and 4.4, to clarify where reference is made to the POC offer, SP Manweb would only be responsible for providing new network from the POC. Likewise, in paragraph 4.4, under the POC offer, it is not the case of an either/or in terms of who would be appointed to complete the Grid Connection and SP Manweb consider it should read:

4.4 SPH have accepted the Point of Connection offer and are currently evaluating options to undertake the work. Following this process, an ICP will be appointed to complete the Grid Connection. They will have responsibility for:

• Finalising the route
• Undertaking the detailed engineering for the connection
• Undertaking any surveys or ground investigation work
• Installation and commissioning the equipment at the Development’s Substation
• Installing the underground cable
• Jointing the cable at the Connection Point

Reference in paragraph 5.2 to it being possible to complete the works under SP Manweb's permitted development rights, should also be clarified by noting that this might not be the case where SP Manweb is not involved in providing the connection to the POC. SP Manweb suggest this paragraph is further reviewed following discussions between the promoter and SP Manweb.

The above comments are made on the basis that the current connection agreement is a POC offer. The promoter does have the option of varying or applying for a new connection offer in which case the above comments could change.

SP Manweb would welcome further discussions with the promoter in any aspect of the above.