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Undergrounding Transmission Lines

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Tessa Munt Tessa Munt Liberal Democrat, Wells

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the KEMA and Institution of Engineering and Technology report on the cost of undergrounding transmission lines to be published; and what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the report.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

I expect the final analysis on the costs of undergrounding transmission lines to be published later this year. Insufficient data was provided to KEMA during the course of the study to enable them to produce a report that KEMA was satisfied with or that the Institution of Engineering and Technology, in its quality assurance role, could endorse. Further work will therefore be required to gather more data in order to produce an authoritative analysis of this complex technical topic. It has been agreed that KEMA's work on the study has concluded, and an announcement will be made once the process and time scales for this next stage of the work are established.

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