Nationally Significant Infrastrucutre Projects (NSIPs)

The Planning Act 2008 defines and establishes a process for examining NSIPs which would previously be consented by different government departments.

The need for these schemes is established in National Policy Statements and the purpose of the process is to weigh the local impacts of the scheme against the national need for such infrastructure in a fair, open and impartial manner.
Suffolk County Council (SCC) is a statutory consultee as a host authority in respect of a number of NSIPs and therefore has an important role to play in Pre-Application, Acceptance, Pre-Examination, Examination and Post Decision Stages.

The list below provides links to the relevant pages on the Planning Inspectorate’s (PINS) website or developers website (if the project has not progressed sufficiently) for each project.  Details of the Development Consent Order applications can be found on the PINs website along with documents submitted by all of the interested parties including SCC.   

 

Electricite de France - Sizewell C

This is a proposal for a 3.2 GW twin nuclear reactor power station on the Suffolk Coast at Sizewell.

Sizewell C Project

Scottish Power Renewables - East Anglia Three

Development of an offshore windfarm with an approximate capacity of 1200MW off the coast of East Anglia, within the area known as Zone 5, under the Round 3 Offshore Wind Licensing Arrangements.

East Anglia Three Offshore Wind Farm 

Scottish Power Renewables - East Anglia One North 

An offshore wind farm which could consist of up to 67 turbines, generators and associated infrastructure, with an installed capacity of up to 800MW, located 36km from Lowestoft and 42km from Southwold. From landfall the cables will be routed underground to an onshore substation, which will in turn connect into the national electricity grid via a National Grid substation and cable sealing end compounds, the latter to be owned and operated by National Grid.

East Anglia One North Offshore Wind Farm

Scottish Power Renewables - East Anglia Two

An offshore wind farm which could consist of up to 75 turbines, generators and associated infrastructure, with an installed capacity of up to 900MW, located 37km from Lowestoft and 32km from Southwold. From landfall, the cables will be routed underground to an onshore substation which will in turn connect into the national electricity grid via a National Grid substation and cable sealing end compounds, the latter to be owned and operated by National Grid.

East Anglia Two Offshore Wind Farm

RWE - Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm

Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm is the sister project of the existing 353MW Galloper Wind Farm, 30km off the coast of Suffolk.

Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm

Scottish and Southern Electricity/RWE - North Falls Offshore Wind Farm

An offshore electricity generating station approximately 24.5km from its nearest point at the Port of Lowestoft. It is estimated to have an installed capacity in excess of 100MW and will principally comprise offshore wind turbines together with associated infrastructure (onshore and offshore) including a connection to the electricity transmission network.

North Falls Offshore Wind Farm

Drax – Progress Power Station

A gas-fired power station with a nominal generating capacity of up to 299 MW.

Progress Power Station

Sunnica Ltd - Sunnica Energy Farm

The installation of solar photovoltaic generating panels and electrical battery storage technology on Sunnica East and Sunnica West, and associated infrastructure for connection to the national grid, including an extension to the Burwell National Grid Substation. The Scheme would allow for the delivery of over 50 megawatts of renewable energy.

Sunnica Energy Farm

National Grid Ventures - Nautilus Interconnector

Nautilus Interconnector is a proposed second Interconnector between Great Britain and Belgium. It would create a new 1.4 gigawatts (GW) high voltage direct current (HVDC) electricity link between the transmission systems of Great Britain and Belgium. If constructed, the Nautilus Interconnector could supply power to one million homes. The project would involve the construction of a converter station in each country and the installation of offshore and onshore underground direct current cables (HVDC) between each converter station and underground alternating current cables (HVAC) between the converter station and substation in each country. In the UK, the offer from National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) allows for a connection at a new 400kV substation located close to the Sizewell 400kV network, provisionally referred to as ‘Leiston 400kV’. The current NGET substation location being promoted is less than ten kilometres from the coast.

Nautilus Interconnector

National Grid Ventures Limited – Eurolink

EuroLink is a proposal to build a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission cable between the UK and the Netherlands.  The capacity of the link will be 1400MW and the project is still in the very early stages of development. EuroLink is a Project of Common Interest as set under ENTSO-E Central European Funding initiative.

National Grid Interconnectors

National Grid Electricity Transmission – SEAL (SCD1)

New Offshore HVDC link between Suffolk and Kent Option 1

National Grid ESO Offshore Coordination Project

National Grid Electricity Transmission - Bramford to Twinstead (BTNO)

Construction of a new 400kV double circuit network reinforcement of c.27km, including new lattice towers, an element of undergrounding, and associated development

Bramford to Twinstead (BTNO)

National Grid Electricity Transmission - Bramford to Tilbury (ATNC)

A new 400kV double circuit in south East Anglia.

Bramford to Tilbury (ATNC)

National Grid Electricity Transmission - Norwich to Bramford (AENC)

A new 400kV double circuit in south East Anglia.

Norwich to Bramford (AENC)

Suffolk County Council – Gull Wing (Lake Lothing Third Crossing)

A new highway crossing of Lake Lothing, Lowestoft, connecting Riverside Road to the south of Lake Lothing with Peto Way to the north of Lake Lothing.

Lake Lothing Third Crossing

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Please contact Graham Gunby - Development Manger