National Grid shares proposals for green electricity projects in Lincolnshire and West Norfolk, needed to boost home-grown energy supplies and progress towards net zero

  • National Grid is inviting communities in East Lindsey, Boston and South Holland in Lincolnshire, and King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, to view proposals for two new primarily offshore electricity infrastructure projects. 
  • National Grid will consult communities from 23 April to 17 June, to introduce the proposed project and ask for local peoples’ opinions.
  • Eastern Green Link 3 (EGL 3) and Eastern Green Link 4 (EGL 4) will be able to transport enough clean energy generated in Scotland to power up to four million homes in the Midlands and South of England.
  • The projects form part of The Great Grid Upgrade, the largest overhaul of the grid in generations, with new infrastructure across England and Wales helping the UK to meet its net zero ambitions, reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and contribute to lower energy bills over the long-term.

National Grid is inviting communities to comment on early proposals for two green electricity infrastructure projects, which will help deliver the UK’s energy security strategy and net zero targets.

The eight-week initial consultation, which begins on 23 April, shares proposals for Eastern Green Link 3 (EGL 3) and Eastern Green Link 4 (EGL 4) projects – two new, primarily subsea high voltage direct current (HVDC) electricity links, with associated infrastructure, between Scotland and England.

National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) is jointly developing EGL 3 with SSEN Transmission (SSEN) and EGL 4 with SP Energy Networks (SPEN). 

EGL 3 would run from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, under the North Sea via marine cables to a potential landfall location on the Lincolnshire coastline, either at Theddlethorpe or Anderby Creek. EGL 4 would run from Westfield, Fife, also via marine cables under the North Sea to the same landfall location as EGL 3. 

After making landfall, both projects’ cables will run underground for approximately 100km to two proposed converter stations in the Walpole, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk area. Underground cables would then connect the converter stations to the transmission network via a new proposed substation, also within the Walpole area. 

EGL 3 and EGL 4 are needed as the existing transmission network does not have enough capacity to securely and reliably transport the increasing amount of energy generated in Scotland, particularly from offshore wind.  The links would transport enough clean energy from Scotland to power up to four million homes in the Midlands and the South of England, playing an important role in building a more secure and resilient future energy system.

Consulting on both projects together gives local communities the opportunity to see how proposed electricity infrastructure in the region can be linked together, and the potential opportunities for co-locating elements of each project, both buildings and underground cables.

EGL 3 and EGL 4 are both separate to the Grimsby to Walpole project, which is a proposal for 90 miles of new onshore electricity transmission line needed to reinforce the electricity grid and connect a number of onshore generation projects as well as subsea cable links, interconnectors, and two offshore wind farms.

James Goode, Project Director for National Grid, commented: “Eastern Green Link 3 and Eastern Green Link 4 are a critical part of the new electricity infrastructure required for the UK to reach net zero. Harnessing the full potential of Britain’s clean energy resources will enable us to be less dependent on global fossil fuels and will play a critical role in supporting the nation’s future security of supply.

“We look forward to hearing views from members of the public and we welcome feedback on our initial proposals.”

Consultation events

Throughout our initial consultation, we are holding a series of face-to-face events to consult on the electrical infrastructure required in England.

Our consultation events are being held across the project area. Information about our proposals will be on display and copies of maps and technical documents will be available to view. Members of the project team will be available to talk through our proposals and answer any questions.

Location  Date  TimeAddress
MablethorpeTuesday 30 April 20242pm-7pmDunes Complex, Central Promenade, Mablethorpe, LN12 1RG
Anderby  Wednesday 1 May 20242pm-7pmAnderby Village Hall, Sea Road, Anderby, Skegness, PE24 5YD
Alford  Thursday 9 May 202412:30pm – 6pm Alford Corn Exchange, 9 Market Place, Alford, LN13 9EB
WisbechMonday 13 May 20242pm-7pmLeverington Village Hall, Gorefield Rd, Leverington, Wisbech, PE13 5AT
Eastville  Wednesday 15 May 20242pm-7pmEastville, Midville and New Leake Village Hall, Station Rd, Eastville, PE22 8LS
Kirton HolmeThursday 16 May 2024 2pm-7pmPoachers Country Hotel, Swineshead Road, Kirton Holme, PE20 1SQ
WalpoleMonday 20 May 20242pm-7pmWalpole Community Centre, Summer Close, Walpole St Andrew, PE14 7JW
Holbeach  Wednesday 29 May 20242pm-7pmThe Holbeach Hub, Boston Rd South, Holbeach, PE12 7LR
Burgh le MarshWednesday 5 June 20242pm-7pmBurgh le Marsh Village Hall, Jacksons Lane, Burgh le Marsh, Skegness, PE24 5LA


Project webinars

We will also be holding a number of project webinars, again to talk through our proposals and answer any questions.

To register for a webinar or for any questions or information, members of the public can email [email protected] or call the community relations team on 0800 298 0405. 

Local information points

Paper copies of our Project Background Document, Consultation Newsletter and Feedback Form are all available to collect from the below locations. Reference-only copies of the Corridor Preliminary Routeing and Siting Study (CPRSS) and Strategic Option Report (SOR) will also be available to view, at the below locations. 

Local information point opening hours can be subject to change. Please check with the relevant venue for its most up to date opening hours. 


Mablethorpe LibraryStanley Avenue, Mablethorpe, LN12 1DP
Alford Library and Focal Point 6 South Market Place, Alford, LN13 9AF
Sutton on Sea Library and Community Centre Broadway, Sutton on Sea, Mablethorpe, LN12 2JN
Burgh le Marsh LibraryTinkers Green, Jacksons Lane, Burgh le Marsh, Skegness, PE24 5LA
Skegness Library23 Roman Bank, Skegness, PE25 2SA
Boston Library County Hall, Bank Street, Boston, PE21 6DY
Holbeach Community Library 5 Fleet Street, Holbeach, Spalding, PE12 7AD
Long Sutton Library Trafalgar Square, Long Sutton, Spalding, PE12 9HB
Spalding Library Victoria Street, Spalding, PE11 1EA
Wisbech library Ely Place, Wisbech, PE13 1EU
King’s Lynn Library London Rd, King’s Lynn, PE30 5EZ

The project webpage can also be accessed at, which will be updated with consultation information from 12pm on 23 April 2024.