SP Energy Networks has submitted an application under Section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 for consent to construct a new overhead line as part of an overall investment programme of £13m to reinforce the electrical infrastructure across Anglesey. This will facilitate future growth and development, as well as provide an increased resilience of supplies to the existing 38,000 homes and businesses.
The company is planning to construct a new 132,000 volt wood pole line, 750 metres in length from the area east of Valley across the A55 to the north of Caergeiliog, then 650 metres of underground cable into Cymyran Road to our existing substation, where an additional transformer will be installed. At the same time, SP Energy Network's plans will see 340 metres of existing overhead lines and seven wooden poles being removed. If the application is successful, SP Energy Networks aims to start work towards the end of this year and complete by the Spring of 2019.
Mark Sobczak, Head of 132kV Programmes at SP Energy Networks, said: "As well as strengthening the existing network in Anglesey, our upgrade plans will support new connections and local generation projects. There is currently approximately 80MW of local power generation connected to the network with a further 83MW contracted. The level of generation enquiries and connections remains high and is anticipated to increase. This project will ensure that future growth in Anglesey can be supported."
The section 37 application for the project has been submitted to Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The documents submitted as part of the application can be viewed below, along with a plan showing the land over which the line is proposed to pass, below: