Royal Courts of Justice review AQUIND's consent case

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 22/11/2022 4C Offshore

The Royal Courts of Justice is hearing a judicial regarding  the decision of kwasi Kwarteng, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to refuse the approval of Development Consent Order (DCO) for the
AQUIND Ltd interconnector project back in January this year.

The proposed subsea and underground high voltage direct current 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 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.

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