Will the work affect me?
The project is committed to minimising effects on the local community and ensuring that residents are kept informed of our proposals throughout the planning and construction stages of the project.
In the UK the converter station has been designed to minimise the development’s impact on the surrounding environment. It will be located close to a number of existing industrial buildings and energy developments. Modern building materials will be used, including exterior panels which lighten gradually from a dark grey at the base to off-white at the roofline to help reduce the visibility of the building against the sky.
The Norwegian converter station will be located in a remote area where there has been an existing power station since 1986. The power station is situated in an unpopulated area. The converter station will use about 6 000 square meters, and will not be visible to local residents in Kvilldal.
The onshore cables in both countries will be buried underground or concealed and will therefore not be visible. Where possible, we will also use ditches and other natural features in the terrain to further minimise the impact of the cables.
In Norway, the construction of the onshore cables and the converter station will require a new dock in order to transport heavy equipment and materials to Kvilldal. The dock will be constructed at Strandanes, across the Suldal Lake. The dock will enhance the existing local infrastructure and could be used for recreational purposes when the construction phase of the project is finished.
In the UK, noise will be continually monitored during the construction and operational phases in accordance with the local authority’s requirements.
In Norway, it is anticipated that there will be some noise disturbance during the excavation of a micro tunnel for the cable between Hylsfjorden and Suldalsvatnet, and during the construction of the converter station. Construction will be restricted to standard working hours, and anyone affected by noise will have the opportunity to notify the project management at any time.
Traffic management and mitigation measures will be in place throughout the construction phase.
In the UK a new access road will be built to the converter station site off Brock Lane to accommodate larger delivery vehicles. This new access road could also provide access to the wider East Sleekburn development site in the future. Perimeter and internal roads will be used for regular access and a number of dedicated car parking spaces will be provided for site use.
In Norway, there will be some heavy transport of materials from the excavation of the tunnel for the onshore cable between Strandanes and Helganes.
Statnett has ensured that the use and timing of larger delivery vehicles will be strictly managed at night and during peak school traffic hours. Once the initial construction phase has been completed, traffic levels will be significantly reduced
In the UK, NSL has undertaken detailed assessments of the potential environmental effects. The Environmental Statements that accompany our applications to Northumberland County Council and the Marine Management Organisation describe the surveys we have undertaken and the measures we propose to manage and mitigate the effects on sensitive and protected wildlife.
Works will be timed to minimise effects on sensitive and protected wildlife.
In Norway, the project is not anticipated to have any effect on protected areas on land or at sea.
Stavanger maritime museum has been involved in the research phase of the project and has confirmed that the project is unlikely to affect any cultural heritage sites.
A biological diversity study was conducted in the autumn of 2012 and it concluded that there is no protected animal life or plant along the cable route.
Contracts totalling €1.5billion have been awarded to build the North Sea Link – the first electricity link between UK and Norway.
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National Grid and Statnett, the Norwegian Transmission System Operator, will today sign the ownership agreement which signals the start of the construction phase for the 730 kilometre interconnector between UK and Norway.
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On 13 October, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy granted Statnett a licence to construct an interconnector linking Norway and the UK. This is an important milestone in the project’s development.
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