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SSE, Scottish Power and National Grid will develop a power link between Scotland and England. The Eastern Link will be made up of subsea HVDC cables with a combined capacity of up to 4GW.
The cables will increase the UK’s capacity for clean, green renewable power, enabling enough electricity for around four million homes to travel up to 440km from the east of Scotland, a hub for offshore renewables, down to two points in the north-east of England, Selby and Hawthorn Point. The east coast of Scotland is already home to almost 1GW of operational offshore wind farms with a further 4.4GW in the pipeline and up to 10GW predicted following the outcome of the next Scottish offshore wind leasing round, Scotwind. Survey works along the route have recently commenced with construction works currently expected to take place from 2024.
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