Energy regulator Ofgem is seeking cost reductions to National Grid’s proposed upgrade to connect the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to the network. The project involves five miles of underground cable through the Mendip Hills and a further 30 miles of overhead power lines carried on 141 pylons of up to 47 metres in height. Existing power lines between Bridgwater and Avonmouth, and Nailsea and Portishead will also be upgraded. In March 2017 National Grid submitted its economic case for the £840m upgrade to Ofgem. The watchdog has now responded, saying that an upgrade to the high-voltage grid is needed to connect to the nuclear power plant, but the cost to consumers can be reduced.
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