Two possible large scale utilities developments for Cumbria could provide huge potential for Eden businesses to get involved in the supply chain
United Utilities has a new water pipeline proposed for Cumbria and National Grid are planning a new electricity network to support a proposed new power station in West Cumbria
United Utilities West Cumbria water supply project
Ennerdale, its lake and the River Ehen play host to protected species. Unless we reduce the amount of water we take from these naturally occurring water sources, we risk doing long-term damage to the wildlife that relies on them. We will need to stop using Ennerdale as a source of water by 2025, as the Environment Agency has confirmed that it will withdraw the abstraction licence for Ennerdale.
United Utilities plan to link West Cumbria to the rest of our regional water network via a major new pipeline from Thirlmere to West Cumbria, a new water treatment works, pumping stations and underground service reservoirs. They can tap into the spare capacity at Thirlmere reservoir and with careful planning make sure there is minimal long term environmental impact.
So there will always be enough water on tap for the area’s households and businesses whilst giving nature a helping hand.
North West Coast Connections Project
National Grid's North West Coast Connections Project (NWCC) is about connecting the electricity that will be generated by new energy projects being built in Cumbria and Lancashire to homes and businesses. The project will connect and export energy from the proposed Moorside Nuclear Power Station in West Cumbria. The exisiting pylon lines cannot carry the amount of electricity a power station the size of Moorside will generate. In 2015, National Grid will announce which route corridors are being taken forward to the next stage of consultation.