Project Overview

Interactive project map

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You can use our interactive map to view the route that our new connection could take, including the types of technology we are proposing to use.

Why this Project is needed

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We are developing the NWCC project because we need to connect and export the electricity that will be generated by Moorside, the new nuclear power station NuGen is proposing to build near Sellafield in west Cumbria.

Our work so far

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We’ve been working with local authorities, environmental groups, business groups and community organisations in Cumbria and Lancashire since 2009. This helped us to first identify six broad options and then route corridors, which we consulted on in 2014. We announced our proposed Route Corridor in June 2015 and held information events to let people know our decision.

Where we are now

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We would like to thank people and stakeholders once again for all their efforts in responding to our previous consultation. We will let you know more about how we are developing our connection as soon as we are able.


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We have been working with individual landowners and occupiers to secure access for surveys along the route. If you have any questions please contact a member of our lands team.

Project Films

We’ve produced four short films and animations to provide you with an introduction to the project. These focus on an overview of the project, overhead lines, underground cables and the Morecambe Bay tunnel.


We are keen for our project to deliver as much economic benefit as possible for communities in this area by providing supply chain opportunities and jobs. We are encouraging local businesses to register their details to be notified of upcoming opportunities to support the project.

More information

Click the link below if you would like to read more about National Grid’s role in the electricity industry and how we operate the electricity transmission system in England and Wales.

Register your details to receive updates on the project

Register your contact details with us to receive updates on the progress of the project. Doing so will enable us to notify you when the Planning Inspectorate has acknowledged receipt of our application for consent.

There are lots of ways to contact us and find out more about the NWCC Project:

Register for text alerts:
Text NWCC to 80800

Call our freephone number: 0800 876 6990

Write to our freepost address at: