AQUIND wins Development Consent Order appeal

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 24/01/2023 AQUIND Ltd

The High Court has ruled in favour of
AQUIND Ltd regarding its appeal against the decision of former UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, to refuse the approval of Development Consent Order (DCO) for its interconnector project in January 2022.

The proposed subsea and underground high voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission project aimed to link the South Coast of England and Normandy in France. With a capacity of 2 GW, AQUIND was expected to allow the transmission of 16 TWh.

In a document outlining his refusal of the DCO, the Secretary of State noted that alternatives with regards to the project's urban landfall and substation locations had not been adequately considered and on that basis it is not possible to conclude whether the need for and benefits of the proposed development would outweigh its impacts.

In March 2022 AQUIND confirmed that an application had been submitted for permission to apply for judicial review of the decision of the Secretary of State in respect of the Development Consent Order had been. It was approved in June. This leads to today's decision on by the High Court to overturn the DCO refusal.

Richard Glasspool, Director, said: “This is wonderful news for the AQUIND Interconnector project. We were dismayed and disappointed when Kwasi Kwarteng refused the Development Consent Order. We look forward to re-engaging with local residents, stakeholders, environmental experts, and energy professionals in order to pursue the commitment to meeting the UKs Net Zero energy target.”

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