Wylfa B connection proposals discussed


Geraint Jones

RESIDENTS gathered to voice their concerns about proposals to build overhead cables across the Menai Strait.

Around 100 people attended the meeting at the Plas Menai Centre near Caernarfon yesterday (Tuesday, November 13)  to discuss the National Grid’s proposals to connect the proposed Wylfa B plant to a substation in Pentir.

The National Grid’s preferred method would include overhead cabling and pylons, but many at the meeting, arranged by Plaid Cymru, agreed with Arfon MP Hywel Williams, that all connections should be underground or sea.

Ernest Land, who lives near the substation in Pentir, said the preferred option was “absolutely ludicrous.”

He said: “Undersea cables would create fewer maintenance costs than pylons - you won’t have to pay to paint them, or pay compensation to farmers.

Routes for an undersea connection could go from Wylfa B to Deeside, or between that route and Wylfa to Pembroke.

A undersea connection could be paired with overhead and underground cables, connecting the station to Pentir. This would require a new substation in West Gwynedd. An over head and underground route is also proposed.

The National Grid believes environmental and financial issues rule out an undersea connection.

May Williams, of Felinheli, represented nearby farms which could be affected by the plans.

She said: “I think they should strengthen the pylons and cables that are already there.
“We’ve had a bypass going through farms already and we don’t want this again.

Owain Evans of Anglesey Against Wind Turbines said pylons, like turbines, would have a visual impact on the island.

He said: “Its time for the people in power to realise that they can’t come to Anglesey and Gwynedd and walk all over us.

Construction of the overhead line between Wylfa B and Pentir would take two years.
Necessary work on the Glaslyn Estuary connection would take a further four years.

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