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Frequently asked questions
1. Who is National Grid Electricity Transmission and what do they do?

National Grid Electricity Transmission owns and maintains the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales. Every time a phone is plugged in, or a switch is turned on, National Grid Electricity Transmission have played a part, connecting you to the electricity you need.

Electricity generated from windfarms and other power sources is transported through the electricity network of pylons, overhead lines, cables, and substations. It then goes on to separate lower voltage local distribution networks, which connect directly to homes and businesses.

2. Who is Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Transmission and what do they do?

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Transmission operate under licence as Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Plc (SHE Transmission) for the transmission of electricity in the north of Scotland.

Their transmission network connects large scale generation, primarily renewables, to central and southern Scotland and the rest of Great Britain. It also helps secure supply by providing reliable connection to the wider network of generation plans

3. What is the transmission network?

It’s the highest voltage electricity network in the UK – the ‘motorway network’ of the energy world. It transmits large quantities of electricity over long distances via wires carried on a system of mainly metal towers (pylons) and large substations. Transmission voltages are 132kV, 275kV and 400kV. Larger generation schemes usually connect to the Transmission system.

The lower voltage parts of the system are called distribution networks. In Scotland, these local networks operate below 132kV whereas in England the distribution network includes 132kV.

4. What work is being proposed?

We are planning to construct a new high voltage direct current (HVDC) electricity cable connection from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland to Drax in North Yorkshire, England.

The HVDC connection will include two new converter stations, one in Peterhead and one in Drax and a new onshore and offshore cable running between them.

5. Why are you planning this project?

The UK and Scottish Governments are committed to increasing the use of renewable energy and have targets to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emission by 2045 in Scotland and 2050 in the UK.

As the country shifts away from traditional forms of fuel to heat homes, charge vehicles and power businesses, there is greater need for green electricity. By the end of this decade, the UK Government also aims for every home in the country to be powered by offshore wind and has set a 50GW offshore wind connections target by 2030.

6. Why are you building in Peterhead and Drax?

Peterhead and Drax were identified as the most appropriate locations to connect EGL2 to the existing transmission networks as they provide the network capability in the most optimum way.

Many factors are very carefully considered including, balancing cost, benefit to the network and minimising infrastructure and impacts on people, places and the environment.

7. How long are the works expected to take?

If all elements of the project consents applications are approved, we expect to begin construction in 2024 and complete the works in 2029.

8. Will there be disruption in my area because of the proposed works?

The onshore cables will be buried below ground and construction works will be temporary. After our works are complete, the land will be returned to how we found it or better. Information of upcoming works in your area can be found on the EGL2 website.

9. What are the hours of operation for the works?

Our normal working hours are typically 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 5pm on Saturdays. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when some works will need to be completed outside of these hours.

10. Will the buried cables have any effect on my health?

Some people worry that EMFs may have negative health effects. We take these concerns seriously and want to keep the public, our contractors and employees safe. We ensure all of our existing and proposed equipment, including those on this project, comply with independent safety guidelines set to protect us all against EMF exposure. After decades of research the weight of evidence is against there being any health risks of EMFs below the guideline limits.

For further information on EMFs visit our website, www.emfs.info.

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If you have any questions about our proposals, please get in touch with our community relations team.