The energy industry plays a key role in making this happen – from providing more sources of renewable energy, to ensuring the infrastructure is in place to transport energy to where it is needed.
The decisions we take now, to make our energy system cleaner, directly impact the future of our planet. National Grid has a critical role to play in the acceleration towards a cleaner future, and we are working to build a cleaner, fairer, and more affordable energy system that serves everyone, powering the future of our homes, transport, and industry.
Who is National Grid?
Our businesses sit at the heart of Britain’s energy system, connecting millions of people to the energy they use every day. We bring energy to life – in the heat, light and power we bring to our customers and businesses; in the way that we support our communities and help them grow; and in the way we show up in the world.
National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) owns, builds and maintains the electricity transmission network in England and Wales. It is NGET that is developing plans for Grain to Tilbury.
What is Grain to Tilbury?
The Grain to Tilbury project is a proposed electricity infrastructure upgrade, involving the replacement of the existing 1960s Thames Cable Tunnel beneath the Thames between Tilbury and Gravesend. The existing tunnel was built in 1969 and houses 400 kilovolt (kV) transmission cables as part of National Grid's high voltage transmission network.
The existing tunnel is reaching the end of its useful life, and therefore our proposals include the construction of a new tunnel, the installation of new cabling, and the construction of two headhouses at either end of the tunnel. Strengthening the network here is vital to deliver cleaner, greener electricity efficiently, reliable, and safely and to support the UK's move to net zero.
The Grain to Tilbury proposals form part of a wider suite of infrastructure upgrades and reinforcements planned by National Grid as part of The Great Grid Upgrade, the largest overhaul of the electricity grid in generations. The Great Grid Upgrade will play a big part in the UK government’s plan to power all homes and businesses with green energy by 2030.