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National Grid Says It’s All Systems Go for Electricity Converter Station

National Grid, UK, has confirmed that it intends to build an electricity converter station on Deeside Industrial Park, and promised to keep local people informed as the plans develop. The confirmation follows the granting of planning permission for the converter station by Flintshire County Council and an agreement being made with the Council to purchase the land.

The converter station is needed as part of the Western Link, a joint venture project between National Grid and Scottish Power Transmission to build one of the world’s longest undersea power cables to help bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and businesses in Wales and England.

The converter station is being developed as part of this project and will change the direct current (DC) electricity transported by the link to alternating current (AC), so it can flow through the existing electricity network.

Project Director Graham Edwards said: “We know that local people wanted us to build the converter station north of the river if possible. We’re very pleased that Flintshire County Council has granted us planning permission and that we’ve come to an agreement to purchase the land.

“One of the main issues for us was to resolve the technical issues with constructing the converter station north of the river. Now that we’ve done that, we can develop our construction plan. We’ll be getting in touch with local people to let them know our plans once we have more information.”

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