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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

MP and councillors have sneak preview of new electricity station

• Mark Tami MP and local councillors tour new Flintshire Bridge converter station• Commissioning of converter station well under way• Power expected to flow in 2017 Mark Tami MP and local councillors have been treated to a ‘behin...

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

New storage helps keep school ship-shape

• Bishop Wilson Church of England Primary School receives new storage unit• Portacabin supplied as part of Western Link’s local community support• Councillors visit converter station for update on work Children from Bishop Wilson...

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

WW1 submarine sunk by ‘sea monster’ uncovered by power cable engineers in Scotland

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Seeds sown for new community orchard

Pupils from West Kilbride Primary School joined volunteers from the wider community, West Kilbride Environment Group and the Western Link project to start planting fruit trees in a new community orchard.The orchard, established in Kirktonhall Glen by...

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New Flintshire Bridge Converter Station ready to start commissioning

• Work is starting to commission the Flintshire Bridge converter station• More than eighty per cent of the underground cable is laid• The cable has been installed under the River DeeWork starts very shortly to commission the converter ...

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wirral cable-laying on target for year-end completion

• More than eighty per cent of the underground cable is laid• Work on the A540 is expected to finish shortly• Work is starting to commission the Flintshire Bridge converter station More than eighty per cent of the Western Link pro...

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Archaeology presentations in Scotland w/c 15 February 2016

During week commencing Monday 15 February 2016, presentations are being given in Inverness and Glasgow on the archaeological excavations associated with the development of the Western Link project in Hunterston.Wednesday 17 February, 19.00 - 20.00Soc...

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Energy project supports lifeline for local people

• Citizens Advice Flintshire given grant to redesign website• More than 7,500 people across the area rely on services provided• Redesign will encourage use by young people and will see ‘webchat’ service launchedChristmas ca...

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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Energy project helps gives park new lease of life

• Smiles all round as new play equipment is installed at River View Park • Investment in the play area will help with local regeneration• Project supported by Western Link, Flintshire County Council, Connah’s Quay Town Council an...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Drivers urged to take care during cable laying work on A540

National Grid urges drivers and cyclists to take special care as work starts on the A540Company laying high voltage underground cable along 2 km of the dual carriageway through NessOne lane will be closed and work expected to take three months to com...

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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Ladymount children celebrate success – and Neston students learn how to succeed at interviews

Ladymount Catholic Primary School successful in national competition Children learn about electricity and safety on construction sites Neston High School students receive interview training from employees delivering the Western Link project Children ...

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Public invited to find out more about Western Link project

Public information events being held 22, 29 and 30 April 2015.Increase in activity on the Wirral from April onwards.Western Link will help increase the amount of power that can be generated by renewable energy in the UK. National Grid and ScottishPow...

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Neston children celebrate success in national poster competition

Children from Neston Primary School swapped thinking caps for hard hats when they entered a competition to create artwork about the Western Link project.They celebrated their success in the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s Ivor Goodsite Hoardi...

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Monday, February 02, 2015

Public invited to see progress on the Western Link project

Local residents are being invited by ScottishPower Transmission and National Grid to a public information event to see how work on the Western Link project at Hunterston has progressed, and to find out what to expect over the coming year. The pu...

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Crews battle the elements to lay first section of Western Link cable

The first 36km of power cables for the Western Link project have just been successfully laid on the Wirral foreshore and out into Liverpool Bay.Two power cables and a fibre optic cable were pulled on shore from the cable-laying barge Atalanti, ground...

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Queensferry children celebrate success in national safety competition

Children from Queensferry Community Primary School swapped thinking caps for hard hats when they entered a competition to create artwork about safety on construction sites.They celebrated their success in the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s I...

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Western Link’s ‘The Big Ride’ raises thousands for charity

A team of cyclists from the Western Link project who took part in The Big Ride 2014, a 500-kilometre charity bike ride, recently presented Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support with funds totalling £15,000.The Big Ride 2014 was create...

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Cyclists gear up for Western Link’s ‘The Big Ride’

A team of cyclists from the Western Link project is limbering up for the start of the project’s fundraising event The Big Ride 2014. The cyclists will depart from Hunterston, West Kilbride on 5th September to cycle over 500 kilometres to the ne...

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Friday, August 01, 2014

Electricity project powers new information for Connah’s Quay

Electricity project powers new information for Connah’s Quay Cable manufacturer Prysmian Group is sparking interest from walkers and cyclists with a new notice board at The Rock in Connah’s Quay.People passing the well-known vantage ...

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Creative recycling drive at new converter station site in Connah's Quay

  News ReleaseCreative recycling drive at new converter station site• Recycling workshop held on World Environment Day • Creative uses sought for waste timber from the Western Link project• Drive could help create jobs and ne...

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Public invited to find out more about Western Link project

 Public information events being held 3 and 9 April 2014.Increase in activity on the Wirral and Deeside from April onwards.Western Link will help increase the amount of power that can be generated by renewable energy in the UK and is scheduled f...

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Public invited to find out more about the Western Link cable project

Public invited to find out more about the Western Link cable projectScottishPower Transmission and National Grid are inviting people to find out more about their plans to build new electricity equipment in the Hunterston area as part of the Western L...

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Local team saddles up for charity bike ride

A Neston-based team took to two wheels as part of the Wirral Bikeathon and raised nearly £1,000 along the way.The team, from Prysmian Group’s office on Mill Lane, enjoyed fantastic weather to be part of a record turnout for the event, as ...

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Public invited to find out more about Western Link cable project

National Grid and ScottishPower Transmission are inviting people to find out more about their plans to lay a new 33km high voltage electricity cable across the Wirral peninsula.The underground cable is needed as part of the Western Link, a joint vent...

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

National Grid says it’s all systems go for electricity converter station

National Grid has confirmed that it intends to build an electricity converter station on Deeside Industrial Park, and promised to keep local people informed as the plans develop.The confirmation follows the granting of planning permission for the con...

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Monday, January 21, 2013

New agreement over Leasowe foreshore and common signals next phase of £1bn energy project.

Agreement has now been reached between Wirral Council and the National Grid that will signal the start of the next phase of work on the Western Link, a £1 billion subsea cable project that will help bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New planning application submitted by National Grid

National Grid has submitted new plans for an electricity converter station on a new site in Deeside Industrial Park, north of the River Dee. The company has submitted a planning application to build the converter station on the site, which is cu...

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

New electricity converter station plans announced by National Grid

National Grid is submitting a detailed planning application to Flintshire County Council to construct a new electricity converter station on the former power station site at Connah’s Quay.The converter station is needed as part of the Western L...

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Western HVDC Link - Contract Award

National Grid and ScottishPower Transmission award £1bn contract for first ever sub sea electricity link between Scotland and England.The sub sea link will be a vital reinforcement - bringing renewable energy from Scotland to the south and help...

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Planning & Marine Licence Applications submitted

National Grid (NGET) and SP Transmission submit planning and marine licence applications for the Western HVDC Link.The planning applications for converter stations and substation at Hunterston and Connah's Quay have been submitted to North Ayrshire C...

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Monday, July 04, 2011

Wirral Landfall

Wirral LandfallAt our information event in February we presented two possible landfall locations for the cable to come ashore on the North Wirral coast: Dove Point (Meols) and Leasowe.These options have now been considered in detail and a landfall at...

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Monday, July 04, 2011

Connah's Quay Public Consultation Event

Connah's Quay Public Consultation Event As part of our ongoing commitment to consultation we are holding a second consultation event at which we’ll present our latest proposals. Since our last event National Grid and SP Transmission along with ...

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Friday, February 04, 2011

Public information events announced

Public Information Events to be held week commencing 7th February 2011National Grid and SP Transmission are holding public consultation events to explain the Western HVDC Link project, answers questions and to gather views.The drop-in events will be ...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Plans unveiled for subsea power cable from Scotland to England and Wales

National Grid and ScottishPower Transmission (SP Transmission) are inviting local people to comment on plans for a new 2000 megawatt subsea power cable that will bring renewable energy from Scotland to England and Wales.The companies are working toge...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hunterston Public Consultation Event

Hunterston Public Consultation Event As part of our ongoing commitment to consultation we are holding a second consultation event at which we’ll present our latest proposals. Since our last event National Grid and SP Transmission along with spe...

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