At National Grid, our job is to connect people to the energy they use, whether to heat and light homes, or to keep factories and offices running. As old power stations close we need to join new sources of energy to our network, so that electricity continues to be available to us all at the flick of a switch.
One of these new sources of energy is a proposed high-voltage electricity link between Belgium and Richborough near Sandwich in Kent, known as the Nemo Link®. There is no high-voltage National Grid electricity network in the Richborough area, so we will need to build a new connection to join Richborough to our existing network approximately 20km away, near Canterbury. This new project is called the ‘Richborough Connection’.
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On 3 August 2017, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, announced his decision to give development consent to the Richborough Connection project.
The new 400kV overhead line connection between Richborough and Canterbury will connect the Nemo Link® (an electricity link between Herdersbrug in Bruges and Richborough, near Sandwich in the UK) to our high voltage electricity network. This connection will play a vital role in ensuring that the country has a safe, reliable and secure electricity supply to keep the lights on.
Over the next few weeks we will be finalising the details of the construction programme, and carrying out ground investigations and other activity in some areas along the route. We expect to start construction in September 2017 and we will shortly be speaking with communities along the route about the construction programme.