300m project will install huge Hinkley Point T-pylons through area
- February 11, 2019
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The 400kV power line, using new T-pylons, will stretch for 57km between sub-stations in Bridgwater and Seabank near Avonmouth, passing near to the villages of Mark, East Huntspill and Rooksbridge, as shown on the new map below.
Almost 11km will be buried underground in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty following a public outcry, but new T-pylons will be installed in our area.
Construction work to install the new underground cabling is due to start work in
Siemens will construct a new substation at Sandford, while
This will see lots of construction work going on at different times and in different places over the next eight years. We and our newly appointed contractors will do everything we can to minimise impacts wherever possible.
Timescales for installing
We look forward to working with
The 800 million price tag includes 150 million of pre-construction costs.
Next steps in the
Build and access temporary haul road and construction compounds
Expected start: Early 2019
Expected finish: Mid 2024
Work to build two temporary construction compounds and a temporary entrance and access road off the A38, north of Tarnock, will allow construction traffic to enter the site. Work will start on the access and compounds in 2019.
One of the compounds will include site offices and internal and external storage facilities to support the work to build a 400,000 volt underground cable across the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The other temporary site compound will be used for the construction of the 400,000 volt overhead line and removal of the existing 132,000 volt overhead line in the area.
Build new 400,000 volt overhead line
Expected start: Early 2020
Expected finish: Late 2022
Building a new 400,000 volt overhead line from the existing Hinkley to Melksham overhead line, which is north of Woolavington, northwards to a new cable sealing end (CSE) compound just south of the
Remove existing 132,000 volt overhead line
Expected start: Mid 2021
Expected finish: Mid 2022
Removing Western Power Distributions 132,000 volt overhead line from Bridgwater substation to the A368 in Sandford. This will make way for, and minimise the visual impact of the new 400,000 volt overhead line.