Our proposed project
The UK is a world leader in offshore wind energy and has a target to become net zero in all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 for England and Wales, and 2045 for Scotland.
As the country shifts away from traditional forms of fuel to heat homes, charge vehicles and power businesses, there will be a greater need for green electricity. By the end of this decade, the UK Government aims for every home in the country to be powered by offshore wind.
To help deliver more green energy to homes and businesses across the UK, we need to increase the capability of our network between Scotland, with its many renewable energy sources, and the rest of the UK.
To do this, we are submitting outline planning applications to construct two new High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) electrical ‘superhighways’; one from the Torness area in East Lothian, to Hawthorn Pit, between Murton and South Hetton, in County Durham (SEGL1) and one from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire to Drax in North Yorkshire (SEGL2).
The SEGL1 project (also known as the Eastern Link project) is being jointly developed with Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN). SPEN are the transmission owner for Central and Southern Scotland and are developing the onshore and offshore aspects of the scheme in Scotland. SEGL2 is being jointly developed with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN).
Public information exhibition and events 2022
We are hosting an online public information exhibition, here on our project website, to give people the opportunity to learn more about our proposed project and how we took consultation feedback on board.
We’re doing this ahead of the submission of our outline planning application to Durham County Council in spring 2022.
You can explore our digital exhibition by clicking here.
To accompany the information exhibition, we hosted a series of online information events on this website from Monday 7 to Sunday 20 February 2022. The events included live chat sessions and a webinar. You can view the presentation from the webinar below.