National Grid is building a new 57 km long voltage electricity connection between Bridgwater and Seabank near Avonmouth, to link sources of power in the area, including Hinkley Point C, EDF Energy’s new nuclear power station in Somerset, to UK homes and businesses.
As a result of consultation, new T-pylons will be built in the area as part of the overhead lines work. The T-pylon’s lower height and contemporary design will have less of an impact on the landscape than traditional lattice pylons.
The new connection will play a vital role in connecting new sources of power and enable this power to be delivered efficiently, reliably, and safely, whilst also supporting the UK’s move to reduce carbon emissions.
In preparation for construction to begin on the overhead lines in mid-2020, National Grid is carrying out surveys along the route between Bridgwater and the Mendips.
The surveys will continue until around August 2019 and you will see us working in a number of locations along the route of the overhead lines. This will include drilling and digging to assess ground conditions that will inform the detailed design of the pylon installation.
National Grid has appointed Balfour Beatty to carry out this work and we have agreed access to the sites with relevant landowners.
We want to keep you up to date with what we’re doing, and we will be back in touch with further information before starting construction. If you have any questions, or would like a project briefing, please do not hesitate to contact the community relations team on 0800 377 7347 or by email at email@example.com.
You can find more information on all stages of the project on our website at www.hinkleyconnection.co.uk.
23rd May 2019