Ofgem opens investigation into Western HVDC subsea cable

Energy watchdog Ofgem has launched an investigation into the delivery and operation of the Western high-voltage direct current (HVDC) subsea cable.

Ofgem opens investigation into Western HVDC subsea cable

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Undertaken by a joint venture between National Grid Electricity Transmission and Scottish Power Transmission, the Western HVDC is a £1.3 billion subsea cable that transports electricity between Scotland, Wales and England.

The investigation will review the performance of both companies in delivering the cable. It will consider whether its late delivery means they breached special licence condition 6I, which specifies the expected delivery date of the Western HVDC subsea cable.

Additionally, the investigation will consider compliance with standard licence condition D (provision of transmission services) and section 9(2) of the Electricity Act 1989 (provision of economical, efficient and co-ordinated services).

The investigation will also examine potential breaches relating to the operation of the cable.

The opening of this investigation does not imply that we have made any findings about non-compliance by National Grid Electricity Transmission or Scottish Power Transmission.

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