Pylon plans could be scaled back

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PLANS which could see new electricity pylons built across the Lancashire countryside could be scaled back after two energy companies said they were not currrently progressing plans to link to the National Grid

EDF, which wants to build a new power station at Heysham and Wyre Power, the company proposing a gas fired power plant in Thornton Cleveleys, have recently cancelled the connection agreements they had with National Grid.

But National Grid still needs to provide a connection for Moorside Power Station near Sellafield in West Cumbria and for a number of offshore windfarms, meaning the Lancaster district could still be affected.

Its senior project manager, Peter Fendley, said: “The cancellation of the two agreements in Lancashire means from that we now have fewer generators to connect and a reduced amount power to export from the North West.

“Our initial reassessment indicates that any new connection coming south from Moorside could link into the existing grid system in either the Heysham or Quernmore area of Lancashire, but more work is required to identify a specific location.”

The six options to make those connections identified during two years of work on the project are being reassessed.

National Grid is hoping to complete its review of the route options in the next few weeks and to start consultations with key organisations and local communities this spring or summer.