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Responding to progress on plans for a new 'electricity superhighway'

27 March 2024


Following today's news from Ofgem of a consultation on a provisional funding package of £3.4 billion for new high voltage power cable infrastructure – described as an 'electricity superhighway' – connecting Peterhead in Aberdeenshire to Drax in North Yorkshire by 2029, a spokesperson of ENA said:

"This is great news for the grid. As well as using our existing network to its full potential, we also need to build new infrastructure like this to enable decarbonisation. As well as delivering benefits to customers, projects like this support jobs, our supply chain and our economy."

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Philip Baker

Media Relations Manager

ENA Press Office


Notes to editor

Details of the announcement can be found on the Ofgem website

About Energy Networks Association

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.

ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.

Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.

What are energy network operators?

Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 40,000 people in Great Britain.

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