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Work update in East Sleekburn May 2019

Construction work update:

  • The building structures are substantially complete, and wall and roof cladding is continuing.
  • Mechanical and electrical works are due to start over the next few months, including (but not limited too) heating ventilation and air conditioning, lighting, small power, fire alarms and security systems.
  • A new wheel wash machine is operational on site to prevent mud from the site being left on the public highway.
  • The first transformer delivery is scheduled for September 2019 (this will be brought into Cambois via the Port of Blyth) in line with the traffic management plan.
  • The semi-permanent traffic lights at the construction site entrance have been operating reliably, providing a safe way for traffic to enter and leave the construction site, with minimal disruption to local traffic.
  • Construction site cabins will be on site for the duration of the works and 24/7 security is  in place.
  • NSL are proposing to increase their working hours at the converter station site and have engaged with Northumberland County Council:
  • Civil works (externally) - Increase weekend working from 07:00 – 14:00 to 07:00 - 19:00
  • Civil / Installation  (internally) - Increase site working to shift work 07:00 – 19:00 and 19:00 – 07:00
  • Noise assessments have been carried out to ensure there is no additional impact to surrounding areas

National Grid Electricity Transmission update (NGET): 

  • NGET’s  Principle Contractor, Mitsubishi, have now established the site construction offices and main civil engineering works are underway by its sub-contractor ACS. 
  • Works to extend the existing substation to accommodate the new equipment began on 29 April 2019.

Cable works in the Cambois area

  • Our cable installation contractors, APS and Prysmian, are due to start the main component of the cable installation between the Bucca headland and the converter station site at East Sleekburn.
  • The cable works will be undertaken between May and November 2019
  • Vegetation maintenance on the main cable route, including mitigation measures for nesting birds, have been completed in advance of the main work starting. 
  • A working construction site will be established at the Bucca headland, to supply a signal to the offshore cables, and to allow for the marine and land cables to be joined together. This compound will be constructed in May 2019 and will remain on site until late September 2019.
  • Once the works on the headland are complete in September 2019, all equipment will be removed from the headland and the site reinstated.

Community Engagement in the area

  • The NSL project team attended East Bedlington Parish Council’s meeting on April 23rd 2019 and provided an update on works in the area.
  • We were pleased to work with the Cambois Primary School to host a Mad Science event, Mad Science ran three electricity-themed workshops with pupils at the school, with ‘Kinetic Katie’ proving a hit among students and teachers alike.
  • A reading partnership scheme with Cambois Primary School is due to launch in September 2019.
  • The NSL project team gifted 80 Easter eggs to the children at Cambois Primary School.
  • National Grid Chairman, Sir Peter Gershon, recently visited the site and the local area.
  • The NSL team is working to build a Visitors Centre/Education hub on site.