BECG is delighted to confirm the AQUIND Interconnector DCO application has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate.
Once complete AQUIND Interconnector – a new marine and underground electric power transmission link between the south of England and Normandy in France – will be capable of transmitting approximately 5% of Great Britain’s total annual electricity consumption, enough to keep the lights on in up to 5 million British households.
BECG has led local engagement and communications on the project since early 2017. PINS will now undertake a six-month examination of application, which is expected to start in early 2020.
This will culminate in a recommendation to the Secretary of State, who will make the final decision in early 2021, taking into account the local impact of the proposals.
Commenting on the acceptance of the application, Richard Glasspool, director of AQUIND said:
Following extensive consultation with the local community, we are of course pleased that our application has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate.
The acceptance of the application is a significant milestone for the project and we would like to thank everyone in the local community that has engaged with the project to date.
Our proposals have been shaped via feedback from the local community and stakeholders and we remain committed to engaging with relevant stakeholders moving forward.
AQUIND Interconnector will make a significant contribution to improving Great Britain’s security of electricity supply and achieving greater affordability by improving competition.
It will also help to integrate a greater proportion of renewable and non-fossil fuel energy sources into the Great British energy mix