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The UK is a world leader in offshore wind energy and has a target to become net zero in all greenhouse gas emission 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 Government aims for every home in the country to be powered by offshore wind. 

To help deliver this greener 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 proposing to construct two new High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) electricity ‘superhighways’; one from the Torness area in East Lothian, to Hawthorn Pit in County Durham (SEGL1) and one from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire to Drax in North Yorkshire (SEGL2).

Our public consultation is now closed

Our public consultation, which ran between 9:00 am Monday 24 May 2021 and 5:00 pm Friday 18 June 2021, is now closed. 

During this consultation, we held an online digital exhibition, as well as live chat and video sessions, where we received questions and feedback from residents, landowners and stakeholders. 
Over the course of the public consultation we received feedback on several topics, including: 

  • The route of our cable 
  • The local environment 
  • The location of our converter station and substation 
     

We are currently reviewing the points that have been made and will carefully consider it as we develop our plans further. In the meantime, you can find out more about these topics, as well as viewing detailed project maps, in our comprehensive project background document.

You can also download the exhibition boards which formed part of our consultation.

If you would like any further information or would like to speak to a member of the project team, please email: [email protected] or call us on: 0808 1968 405.

Next steps

We are now reviewing all feedback provided as part of the consultation, which will help us develop our proposals further.

We will be holding further public information events in early 2022 as part of our second round of public consultation. These events will be widely advertised closer to the time. We will provide further updates on the project on this website.

About us

National Grid sits at the heart of Britain’s energy system, connecting millions of people and businesses to the energy they use every day. We bring energy to life – in the heat, light and power we bring to our customer’s homes and businesses; in the way that we support our communities and help them to grow; and in the way we show up in the world. It is our vision to be at the heart of a clean, fair and affordable energy future.

Our individual companies run the systems and infrastructure that deliver electricity and gas across the country.

National Grid Electricity Transmission own, build, and manage the electricity grid in England and Wales to which many different energy sources are connected. National Grid Gas Transmission own, build, and manage the gas transmission network in Great Britain, making gas available when and where it’s needed. National Grid ESO (Electricity System Operator) control the movement of electricity around the country ensuring supply meets demand. Finally, National Grid Ventures (NGV) is the competitive division of National Grid, investing in energy projects, technologies, and partnerships to accelerate the development of our clean energy future.

Learn more about us by visiting our main site.

Contact us

If you have any questions about our project, please get in touch with a member of our community relations team.

You can call or email the team on 0808 196 8405 or at [email protected].

You can also register for updates from the project by filling out the form below.