North West Coast Connections

North West Coast Connections (NWCC) is a proposed new transmission project to connect a potential 3.4GW nuclear power station at the Moorside site in Cumbria. 

In 2015 National Grid published its favoured route corridor following public consultation. In 2016 it consulted again ahead of its anticipated planning application for the project in summer 2017. You can find further information on National Grid’s plans on its North West Coast Connections website.

Initial Needs Case Assessment

During 2016 we carried out a Strategic Wider Works Initial Needs Case Assessment, which considered:

The project is at an early stage of development and is still going through the planning process. Our assessment will not confirm the need for any funding for the project at this stage. 

Next steps

We are currently consulting on our initial findings on the project's Initial Needs Case. See North West Coast Connections – Consultation on the project’s Initial Needs Case and suitability for tendering.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 14th Jul 2017
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
An update on our assessment of National Grid’s proposed North West Coast Connections project.

  • Published: 14th Dec 2016
  • Closed: 24th Feb 2017
  • Consultations and responses
  • 45 Associated documents
This consultation sets out our initial views on National Grid’s proposed North West Coast Connections project and its suitability for competitive tendering.