Connecting the Morgan and Morecambe projects to the national grid
Electricity generated by the Morgan Offshore Wind Project and the Morecambe Offshore Windfarm (Generation Assets) will be transported to the existing national electricity transmission network – which is usually called the national grid – using export cables.
When offshore, these export cables typically run under the seabed wherever possible and once onshore they are usually buried underground.
The point where the offshore cables come ashore is called the landfall. Within this area, the offshore export cables will be connected to the onshore export cables at transition joint bays, which will be located on land above mean high water.
Onshore export cables are also required to transport the electricity from the transition joint bays to the onshore substations, and then on to the national grid.
The power can then go directly into the national grid; the large ‘pot’ of energy is then distributed to our homes and businesses across the UK.
This indicative diagram illustrates which part of the projects are classified as Generation Assets (Morecambe Offshore Windfarm and Morgan Offshore Wind Project) and which parts are classified as Transmission Assets (Morgan and Morecambe Offshore Wind Farms: Transmission Assets). At this stage it has not been determined whether the OSP(s) will remain as part of the Generation Assets or be transferred to an offshore transmission owner with the Transmission Assets. For this reason, they are included in both the separate DCO applications for the Generation Assets and Transmission Assets.