The Society is vey concerned about the projects proposed by National Grid called Sea Link and Eurolink.
Sea Link is a proposed new 2 gigawatt (GW) subsea high voltage direct current (HVDC) electricity connection, approximately 140 km in length and predominately offshore. This includes HVDC converter stations and high voltage alternating current (HVAC) connections onto the national electricity transmission system. Sea Link’s purpose is to reinforce the National Grid network by transmitting surplus electricity between the proposed Scottish Power Renewables’ sub-station to be built at Friston to a similar plant to be built at Richborough, close to Sandwich on the Kent coast.
EuroLink is a new electricity link between Great Britain and the Netherlands and could supply up to 1.8 gigawatts (GW) of electricity.
The current plans are for both of these networks to come ashore on this stretch of coast with preferred sites including Aldeburgh near the Scallop..
We believe these plans are ill-conceived and assembled without sufficient due diligence, They create an onshore Energy Superhub in the Suffolk Coastal area of Friston, with the cumulative impact of multiple projects effectively industrialising an area of outstanding natural beauty and decimating the local nature-tourism reliant economy.
We are in favour of offshore wind power, but there is an appalling lack of joined-up thinking about offshore network design and onshore infrastructure. National Grid has failed to undertake adequate comparative analysis of options or think strategically in any way, selecting unnecessary deviations via East Anglia for their onshore infrastructure.
We hope our members will agree with our position on these projects and will complete a response to the consultations on these projects by 18th December as set out in our chair's letter to members which can be found here.