Portsmouth Dockyard

Defence written question – answered on 12th November 2013.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Independent, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what steps his Department has taken to ensure that Portsmouth Dockyard has the capability to supply power to two aircraft carriers in dock simultaneously;

(2) what steps his Department plans to take to ensure appropriate power supply to two aircraft carriers when simultaneously alongside each other in Portsmouth dockyard.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence is fully aware that the existing National Grid electrical supply arrangements at the dockyard will not support the potential peak demand of the Queen Elizabeth (QE) Class and other Royal Navy vessels planned to be based in Portsmouth. Options to address this shortfall were studied in detail during the QE Class Baseport Assessment Study 2007-09. To meet the needs of the first vessel, a dedicated National Grid supply is currently being procured to service the QE Class Jetties and will be in place ready for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth in her home port in early 2017. Further detailed analysis to meet the enduring long-term demand is scheduled for 2014, to ensure that when the deployment of the second vessel is considered in the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, potential outcomes are not constrained.

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