Hinkley - Seabank is a proposed new transmission project to allow for the safe connection of the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The project will also provide additional capability and relieve transmission constraints in the South West of England.
In January 2016 the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change approved National Grid’s plans for the project. These plans can be found on National Grid’s website.
Needs Case Assessment
In 2017 we carried out a Strategic Wider Works (SWW) Final Needs Case Assessment to consider:
- Whether we think there is a technical need for the project as designed.
- Whether the project, or sections of it, should be delivered through an alternative delivery model.
Our decision on the Needs Case for Hinkley - Seabank was published in January 2018.
We will conduct a Project Assessment in 2018 which will determine the efficient costs that National Grid can recover from energy consumers for delivery of the project.
We are currently consulting on our proposals to fund delivery of the project through an alternative regulatory model.