We look at our timelines for different connection types to indicate what your connection date and key milestones should be.
Our Connections team then consider different factors that can influence how long it takes to connect your project to the transmission network. These include the complexity of the project, the connection site, the availability of outages and resource to do the work, and other contracted customer requirements.
We also consider securing land rights and easements in your connection timeline - we understand that this can be a lengthy process. If you are looking to secure rights over National Grid land you'll need to engage with our Land and Property team (email [email protected]). It is essential that you secure the necessary land agreements before land can be occupied.
When considering your connection date we need to ensure that we can maintain the integrity and resilience of our transmission network and undertake any maintenance or upgrade work required. These works are planned as part of each price control.
Your project's milestones
Your contract's milestones align with our internal governance process and they provide both us and you the comfort that we are progressing your connection economically and efficiently. For example, we don't award our construction contracts or procure substantial equipment until you've secured both planning consent (where required) and a Financial Investment Decision. This is because we don't want you to be liable for these significant costs until you're confident your project is going ahead.
During project development, we'll check the progress of your contracted milestones with you to ensure you are on track. You can also provide updates on progress in our ConnectNow portal. If you need to change any project milestones, please contact your Account Manager or ESO Contract Manager.