UK approves power line connection for $25.5bn Hinkley Point C nuclear plant
The UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has approved the development of power line project for the planned $25.5bn Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset.
The power line connection will use a new generation of pylon known as the T-pylon. It is intended to transmit power generated from the EDF Energy's 3.2GW Hinkley Point C nuclear plant to the southwest of England.
UK Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Bourne said: "This is a step forward in the Hinkley Point C project, which will play a crucial part in our plan to provide clean, affordable and secure energy for hardworking families and businesses."
In addition creating more than 25,000 jobs, the nuclear project is expected to generate electricity required to power nearly six million homes.
The application for line connection project approval was submitted by National Grid Electricity Transmission on 28 May 2014 to the Planning Inspectorate following which an extensive consultation period was carried out with the local community.
A recommendation was later made to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 19 October 2015 for approval of the line connection project.
The Planning Inspectorate major applications and plans director Mark Southgate said: "The decision announced today supports the recommendation made by the Planning Inspectorate and is the 48th application for a nationally significant infrastructure project to be examined."
In September 2015, The UK Government approved a proposal to provide £2bn ($3.1bn) financial guarantee for the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear station.
The Hinkley Point C project, which will be the country's first new nuclear plant in more than 20 years, is planned to be commissioned in 2025.
Image: Illustration of Hinkley Point C nuclear station in Somerset. Photo: courtesy of EDF Energy.