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Black start

Black start is the procedure we use to restore power in the event of a total or partial shutdown of the national electricity transmission system. On this page, you will find out about providing a black start service.

In accordance with Special Condition 4G of National Grid's Electricity Licence we have published the methodologies Black Start Strategy and Black Start Procurement Methodology for 2017/18.

It is possible to provide other balancing services, as long as doing so does not interfere with your ability to deliver black start.

We will consider the provision of a black start service from any provider that can meet the technical requirements of the service.

If you are interested in providing this service to us, please contact us.