NATIONAL Grid will be keeping people “plugged in” to vital power supplies using an existing substation rather than building a new one.
A number of potential sites had originally been identified for a new substation to connect the Gateway Energy Centre, a proposed new gas-fired power station, to the national grid, which transports electricity supplies around the country.
National Grid undertook a wide-ranging public consultation and completed exhaustive technical studies into the plans for connecting the power station to the transmission system (or National Grid if preferred). However, a recent review found that with fewer power generators than originally anticipated needing connecting to the grid in the area, the power station could be connected using the existing substation at South Coryton.
The new proposal involves a minor expansion of the existing substation on land owned either by National Grid or the power station developer InterGen.
Project Manager Brian Smethurst said: “National Grid always looks at connecting new generators to the grid using our existing transmission network and infrastructure first rather than building new infrastructure.
“This vital scheme will deliver the best of both worlds to people. It will help ensure they continue to enjoy safe and reliable electricity supplies with little or no impact on the local area.”
He added: “I would like to thank all those who took part in our public consultation, your feedback was greatly appreciated.”
A planning application for the new scheme will be submitted to Thurrock Council and it is hoped work will be completed by 2014.
For more information on the scheme call 0800 319 6165, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.easthurrockconnection.com