Aquind have held their first series of consultation on their proposed Interconnector and they advise that a total of 239 people visited and gave their views which were overall very supportive of the project.
Of the 12,942 residents of Horndean (2011 census) the attendance was not very large, especially as the 239 is across all three venues for the project from the coast to Lovedean.
For those who could not make the consultation click HERE to view the Aquind consultation boards that were presented.
Below are some of the extracts that are relevant to our community and I have also added in a poll for the same questions Aquind asked that affect us locally to see if we can get the same results.
The visitors were also invited to leave feedback on the presentation and one Lovdean resident is quoted below:
Lovedean substation in Hampshire was identified as the optimal connection location for AQUIND Interconnector following an assessment by National Grid who have an obligation to develop and maintain an efficient, coordinated and economical electricity transmission network. The assessment considers factors such as National Grid’s knowledge of the existing network (including agreed future connections), agreed cost information, environmental considerations and other constraints associated with the project, alongside input from AQUIND on the details of the assets to be connected.
The converter station needs to be located as close as possible to the substation, in order to minimise the length of AC cable used as part of the interconnector. This is because AC cables take up a wider corridor of land when compared to DC cables. Therefore, in order to reduce impact on land, it is favourable to maximise the use of DC cables, which take up a considerably narrower corridor compared to AC cables. AC cables also have higher transmission losses and pose other technical challenges, meaning that a longer AC cable would partly offset and reduce the benefits of the interconnector.
The consultation boards on the converter station show a possible design. Remember, this is up to 22m tall and covering 6 to 9 Hectares of land.
Once the poll has run for a while I will update it with the results.