• Clarification regarding Portsmouth News Article (03/04/2020)

Clarification regarding Portsmouth News Article (03/04/2020)

It has come to our attention that an article recently published in the Portsmouth News (Friday 3rd April edition) stated that: “A new converter station for the AQUIND Interconnector scheme will now be created outside the South Downs National Park (SDNP) despite previous plans to use the substation at Lovedean.”

Neither the existing National Grid substation at Lovedean, nor the proposed Converter Station associated with AQUIND Interconnector are located within the South Downs National Park, as suggested by the article.

The proposed Converter Station associated with AQUIND Interconnector is proposed to be located to the west of the existing National Grid substation at Lovedean, in accordance with the information submitted within AQUIND’s Development Consent Order (DCO) application. Lovedean substation was identified as the preferred connection location for AQUIND Interconnector following an assessment by National Grid, who have an obligation to maintain the GB electricity grid.

Further information regarding the approach to identifying the Converter Station location is provided on the FAQ page of this website and in the Alternatives Report within the DCO Application Documents. Plans illustrating the location of the proposed Converter Station can be found in the Application Documents, including the Converter Station Parameter Plans.