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How long will it take?

When it comes to your project’s timeline, this will be completely unique as it is dependent on its location, the design option selected, and what other projects are taking place in the area.


Typically it takes around 31 months to be fully connected. We will work closely with you and the Electricity System Operator (ESO) to meet the connection date we agree to.

This diagram shows an average project timeline, demonstrating the many stages a project goes through and the people involved:


Planning and Consents

All construction work is subject to planning and statutory consents. If your project needs planning consents, you will be responsible for obtaining these consents. We ask you to list them for us in your application, making clear any consents that are pending which you will be obtaining. From our side, we’ll work with the appropriate bodies to ensure that we have the necessary right and permissions to proceed.

Consents impact your securities. You can model them in ConnectNow’s Research Assistant.

Enabling Works

Enabling works are the minimum works required to connect you to the transmission network. Beyond these, more transmission reinforcement works may be required. If so, your connection may be constrained at times until these works are complete. You will have the option for your enabling works to be greater in scope, meaning you’re constrained less once connected, but this may mean you don’t connect as quickly.