The Electricity Systems Operator (ESO) recently announced that it would launch a ‘Study’ to assess objectively the options for Norwich to Tilbury and other proposed network reinforcements across East Anglia following the outcome of the OCSS awards.
We understand the Study will take a fresh look at the drivers for the network reinforcements in East Anglia, alongside the various considerations that need to be taken into account. These include the requirement for us to develop proposals which represent value for money to consumers, while being in line with current planning policy, environmental legislation and our licence obligations.
Our consultation is not pre-empting the outcome of the ESO Study. But continuing to progress the project in parallel to the Study is both necessary and important to meet the ambitious programme deadlines which enables new generation to be connected by the end of this decade, that is in line with the Government’s commitment to connect 50 GW of offshore wind by 2030.
If the recommendations from the ESO Study should indicate alternative infrastructure options, we will review and engage with the impacted communities appropriately. However, to delay development of the proposed option in the meantime would prematurely jeopardise the optimum 2030 delivery date, regardless of the outcome of the Study.