The onshore part of the Viking Link project is known as the UK Onshore Scheme.

The UK Onshore Scheme comprises of the installation of underground direct current (DC) cables from a landfall point to a converter station; the construction of a permanent access road, as well as the installation of underground alternating current (AC) cables from the converter station to the existing substation at Bicker Fen.

Proposed converter station and landfall sites

Potential sites for a landfall point and a converter station were discussed with representatives from local authorities, statutory bodies, parish councils as well as local residents during the Phase 1 consultation which was held between 11 April and 20 May, 2016 on the shortlisted site options. These discussions helped to inform our site selection assessments.

Comments and feedback from this phase of consultation were carefully considered and, on 22 August 2016, we confirmed our preferred locations for the landfall point and converter station.

The proposed landfall point is at Boygrift, East Lindsey (adjacent to Sandilands Golf club) and the proposed converter station site is at North Ing Drove, South Holland (within the parish of Donington).

These are shown on the maps below.

 

Proposed location for the Viking Link landfall site

Proposed location for the Viking Link converter station site

Local opinion played an important part in the decision and we selected these sites after careful consideration of all the information provided by local people, along with environmental and technical information. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Phase 1 consultation and provided comments.

To read more about the Phase 1 consultation in Great Britain, please click here.

More information on how we selected these sites is available in our UK Onshore Scheme: Preferred Sites Selection Report and details of the issues raised during the consultation and how they have been taken into account can be found in our UK Onshore Scheme: Phase 1 Consultation Feedback Report (Volume 1 - Introduction and Approach; Volume 2 - Feedback; Volume 3 - Appendices).

Proposed cable route corridor options between proposed landfall and converter station sites

We identified two broad route corridor options (purple and orange route corridors) where we might route the direct current underground cables between the proposed landfall and converter station sites. From Monday 5 September until Friday 14 October 2016, we held a Phase 2 consultation to ask local residents, landowners, farmers and other stakeholders for their views on these cable route corridor options and to see if there is anything else we needed to consider when deciding the proposed cable route.

After careful consideration of all the information and feedback provided along with the environmental and technical information available, the purple corridor was selected as the proposed cable route corridor for the underground cables between the proposed landfall and converter station sites as shown on the map below.

Within the purple route corridor there were options to route around settlements at the northern end and the southern end of the corridor. Further surveys and assessments were required before confirming the preferred route options for these two sections of the corridor.

On 15 March 2017, the proposed route corridor options were confirmed, subject to further survey.

The route corridor option to the east of the villages of Aswardby, Langton and Sausthorpe in the north section was chosen. Access to the major road network at this location provides direct routes to the proposed cable construction site. 

In the south section, the route corridor option to the west of the South Forty Foot Drain was selected for the DC underground cables into the preferred converter station site. This option takes into account the feedback we received from local communities as well as other stakeholders during our Phase 2 consultation and helps to minimise any cumulative impact that may arise as a result of the alternating current (AC) cables which is needed to link the converter station to the National Grid 400kV substation at Bicker Fen.

Furthermore, there was an opportunity to adjust the route of the underground DC cable route corridor in the south section. This adjustment shortens the length of the DC cable route and reduces the land-take required during construction. It also provides a better location to cross the South Forty Foot Drain.

     Purple route corridor

     Purple route corridor - north section

     Purple route corridor - south section

 

The purple route corridor, along with the east/west options confirmed is best placed to balance any potential impacts on the environment and local communities, with due consideration for other technical and engineering requirements.

The benefits of the purple route corridor include:

  • Avoids larger settlements which will help to reduce potential construction impacts
  • Avoids the lower lying coastal areas, where there is a higher water table and more watercourses and drains to cross
  • Provides more opportunities for direct access to the construction works from existing roads

More information on how we selected the purple route corridor is available in our UK Onshore Scheme: Preferred Route Corridor Report and details of the issues raised during the consultation and how they have been taken into account can be found in our UK Onshore Scheme: Phase 2 Consultation Feedback Report (Volume 1 - Introduction and Approach; Volume 2 - Feedback; Volume 3 - Appendices).

Various assessments and investigations were done which resulted in narrowing the corridor of interest for the underground cables from 1 kilometer to 200 metres wide and to identify an alignment within this reduced corridor as well as suitable access points to the highway network and locations for temporary construction areas.

Planning applications:

National Grid Viking Link Limited (NGVL) has submitted planning applications for the Viking Link UK Onshore Scheme. Individual applications were submitted to the following Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) on 24th August 2017:

  • East Lindsey District Council
  • Boston Borough Council
  • North Kesteven District Council
  • South Holland District Council

Planning permission is being sought for the following components which comprise the UK Onshore Scheme:

  • At the proposed landfall, two (2) submarine high voltage direct current (DC) cables will be installed between the Mean Low Water Springs (MLWS) point on the beach and the joint connecting the submarine and onshore cables in a Transition Joint Pit (TJP);
  • From the TJP, two (2) onshore DC cables will be installed between the landfall at Boygrift and the converter station at North Ing Drove in South Holland;
  • Construction of associated Temporary Construction Compounds (TCC), Temporary Works Areas (TWA) and temporary vehicle access arrangements to facilitate construction work;
  • Erection of converter station buildings and outdoor electrical equipment together with the construction of internal roads, erection of security fencing and provision of landscaping at North Ing Drove in South Holland;
  • Construction of a permanent access road from the A52 to the converter station site including a bridge crossing over Hammond Beck;
  • Installation of up to six (6) onshore high voltage alternating current (AC) cables between the converter station at North Ing Drove and the existing Bicker Fen 400 kV Substation;
  • Installation of link pillars along the AC cable route for inspection and maintenance purposes, which will be contained within fenced areas;
  • Installation of two (2) substation bays at Bicker Fen 400 kV Substation to allow Viking Link to be connected to the National Electricity Transmission System;
  • Installation of temporary and permanent land drainage works as well as provision of temporary water management areas to assist with construction activities; and
  • Installation of fibre-optic cable(s) with the high voltage AC and DC cables for the purpose of monitoring cable performance.

Further information about the Viking Link UK Onshore Scheme planning applications and its’ determination process is available on the website for the appropriate LPAs. You can also view and provide comments via the online portals or by contacting the relevant LPA using the contact details below. Copies of the application are available at the District Council offices.

Detailed information on the results of the surveys and assessments are contained in the project’s Environmental Statement which has been submitted as part of the UK Onshore Scheme planning applications.

During the Phase 2 consultation, we also asked for views on the design style for the converter station building. This feedback has led to the production of the Converter Station Design Code which is included in the planning applications. 

To read more about the Phase 2 consultation in Great Britain, please click here.

To download project reports and materials which were available during consultation, click here.

 

Next steps:

The LPAs will be undertaking a formal statutory consultation prior to a decision being taken on the planning applications that have been submitted by NGVL. This will give everyone an opportunity to provide comments. We will have access to information submitted for us to seek to address any concerns. Once the applications have been determined, we will be able to confirm the next steps for the project.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our consultations last year, attended the public information events and/or visited our stand at the Lincolnshire Show this year. Your comments and feedback have helped to shape and develop Viking Link.

If you would like further information on the Viking Link UK Onshore Scheme planning applications, please contact the relevant LPA.

Local Planning Authority contact details:

East Lindsey District Council

Email: development.control@e-lindsey.gov.uk

Telephone: 01507 601111 (between 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Mondays to Fridays excluding bank holidays)

Post: Planning and Building Control, East Lindsey District Council, Tedder Hall, Manby Park, Louth LN11 8UP.

Boston Borough Council

E-mail: planning@boston.gov.uk

Telephone: 01205 314307

Post: Planning Services, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR.

North Kesteven District Council

Email: planning@n-kesteven.gov.uk

Post: Planning Services, North Kesteven District Council, Kesteven Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7EF.

South Holland District Council

Email: planningadvice@sholland.gov.uk

Telephone: 01775 761161

Post: Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding, PE11 2XE.

 

General information about the consultation determination process is available on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/consultation-and-pre-decision-matters

 

Onshore Work in Denmark

In Denmark, the project will connect to the Danish power grid at the existing 400kV substation in Revsing, southern Jutland.

The proposed direct current (DC) cable route is developed from technical, economic and potential environmental impacts.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) will be undertaken and the extent of the assessment will be agreed with the appropriate stakeholders 

In the summer of 2016, the project consulted with the public and key stakeholders. Feedback received is being considered as part of the final proposals for the project and as part of the permit application process.

Once the environmental impact assessments are completed, public information events will be held in Summer 2017 to give citizens and key stakeholders a further opportunity to provide comments about the project.

For further information (in Danish) about the onshore work and the proposed cable route in Denmark, please click here.