Over the last 3 years the possibility of a large new incoming power supply from France has been in the press. It has been known as ‘The Aquind Interconnector’ project and linked in the past to private investors and Oligarchs.
National Grid advise projects like this are required to solve our growing energy crisis with coal and gas power stations being shut down and too little progress being made on opening new facilities.
Locally if this is to proceed then the infrastructure at the Lovedean power station will grow considerably. Major infrastructure projects such as utilities and telecommunications can be very difficult to refuse planning permission for so we will need to see how this develops.
In the last week EHDC has received an EIA Screening application for the “proposed development of the installation of two energy storage systems with a total capacity of 49.95MW on land to the west of Broadway Lane, Lovedean”. This does not look like it is related to the Aquind project but a large capacity battery to help cope with peaks in power demand. It is however on an area of land 1Ha in size.
The application describes a total of 40 energy storage units. They typically look like these:
An EIA is ‘Environmental Impact Assessment’ and a screening opinion is where the local authority are asked if they feel a full application would need an Environmental Impact Assessment or not with the application in order to consider it. Depending on the size and impact of the development it may or may not be required and there are criteria for this. More information on EIA Screening can be found HERE
This is not the submission of a planning application, but it is inevitable one will follow. mysteriously though, this is not an application by Aquind, it is a separate application for the infrastructure at the sub station and the EIA Screening information is on this link HERE
The proposed development comprises the installation of two energy storage systems with a total capacity of 49.95MW. This will include:
• 40 energy storage container units, built in 2 phases (20 containers per phase);
• A single 132kV substation compound, up to a height of 5.5m;
• Two customer substations, up to a height of 2.9m;
• One Distribution Network Operator (DNO) substation, up to a height of 3.4m;
• A 3.5m wide access track off Broadway Lane;
• A perimeter security fence, up to height of 2.1m; and
• Internal fencing to protect equipment, up to a height of 2.4m.
The applicant are Anesco Ltd and their website is http://anesco.co.uk/
You can also comment on the application
The proposed location is on the map below: