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New Essential Infrastructure

King's Lynn

East of England

Centrica asked National Grid to connect a proposed 981 megawatt (MW) combined cycle gas turbine power station to the national electricity transmission network. The new power station, Kings Lynn B, would be built next to the existing power station at Willows Business Park, King’s Lynn. 

To create this new connection National Grid needs to build a new 400,000 volt (400kV) overhead line from the power station to a point on the existing Walpole to Norwich 400kV overhead line. In March 2011, following a period of consultation, National Grid announced that it had selected the East Corridor - one of three considered - as the preferred area to further consult on where to construct a new 400kV overhead line.

Following a final period of consultation National Grid submitted an application to the Secretary of State to build a new 400,000 volt (400kV) overhead line from the power station to a point on the existing Walpole to Norwich 400kV overhead line east of Thiefgate lane. The application was then independently examined by the Planning Inspectorate between January and July 2013. This was followed by a three month review period after which a recommendation was given to the Secretary of State regarding the application.

On the 18 December 2013 National Grid was granted consent to build a new 400,000 volt (400kV) overhead line from the Kings Lynn B power station to a point on the existing Walpole to Norwich 400kV overhead line east of Thiefgate lane by the Secretary of State.