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North Sea Link CPO Confirmed

Richard Honey
Rebecca Clutten

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has decided to confirm the National Grid North Sea Link Limited (East Sleekburn) Compulsory Purchase Order 2016, with modifications requested by the promoter, National Grid North Sea Link Limited.

The CPO was made under the Electricity Act 1989 to allow the connection of the North Sea Link Interconnector to the national grid.  North Sea Link is a proposed 1,400 MW electricity interconnector between the British and Norwegian high voltage electricity transmission systems.  The CPO included land and rights for cables and a converter station.  It included part of the Northumberland Shores SSSI.  The cables would also pass under an operational railway. 

The Secretary of State recognised the public benefit of delivering an important interconnector scheme that would help to guarantee the UK’s future energy security, whilst also helping to further the Europe-wide internal energy market by helping to create an integrated market supporting the integration of renewable energy.

The inquiry into the CPO was cancelled when negotiations with the last main objector, Network Rail, led to withdrawal of Network Rail’s objections.  Consent from the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority was also obtained for the compulsory acquisition of land held by another electricity licence holder.  An open space certificate was obtained from the MHCLG. 

Richard Honey advised National Grid on the CPO, instructed by Eversheds Sutherland.  Rebecca Clutten advised Network Rail, instructed by Addleshaw Goddard.