Work due to start on 33km electricity cable across Wirral
WORK is due to begin within months on a high-voltage electricity cable stretching 33km along the length of Wirral.
The cable is part of the Western Link, a project to build one of the world’s longest undersea power cables to bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and businesses in England and Wales.
Energy bosses said the country must make major investment over the next decade to ensure electricity needs can be met.
The cable, known as the Western High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Link, stretches from Scotland down the Irish Sea.
It will come ashore at Leasowe, continuing underground to the east of Heswall and Neston before turning south-west towards National Grid’s site at Deeside, where it will connect to the existing transmission system.
Wirral council is working with National Grid to finally approve the project and the energy giant said it expects work to begin by spring.
Cllr Adrian Jones, cabinet member for corporate resources, said the agreement with National Grid was intended to “ensure there are no developments which could adversely affect the integrity” of Leasowe foreshore, which is a site of special scientific interest.
According to a council report the cable coming in from the sea will be buried under the foreshore and then underneath Wallasey Embankment and Leasowe Common.
It will be put in place with the use of a horizontal directional drill from private land on the south side of Leasowe Common “to avoid compromising the structure of the sea defences”.
The report said: “Drill operations are scheduled to start in April 2013 through to June 2013 and connection of the sea cable is expected to be completed later in the summer of 2013.
“It should be noted that parts of the beach on the foreshore are likely to be temporarily closed to the public during works there for health and safety reasons.”
A National Grid spokeswoman said: “Our contractor Prysmian is currently finalising the construction schedule for the onshore cable. We currently anticipate that construction will start some time in spring this year.”