Power company prefers lines to go overground
WESTERN Power Distribution has said overhead power lines are the preferred option for linking proposed windfarms in Brechfa to the national grid.
However, bosses have not ruled out placing some of the lines underground.
Campaigners against the overhead cables claim they would be detrimental to the environment, to communities, a potential risk to health, a blight on housing and have an adverse effect on tourism in the area.
County council leader Kevin Madge has launched an e-petition on the UK Government website against the plans and councillors want the lines underground.
Several 'corridor' options are being considered for the H-shaped wooden posts to carry power from three proposed wind farms in the Brechfa area to Swansea via Llandyfaelog, south of Carmarthen, and Burry Port as part of the Brechfa Connect scheme. Western Power Distribution has been asked by the wind farm developers to feed electricity generated by the turbines into the national grid.
Andrew Hubbold from Western Power said: "An overhead line is also the preferred connection method for the wind farm developers, RWE and RES, as they will be paying for the connection to be made."
Current plans indicate WPD will require 30km of cabling which will be carried on 20-metre wooden poles.
Since June, Mr Hubbold and members of the project team have met potentially affected community councillors and representatives of local user groups to discuss the project.
Last month Western Power held a series of workshops to explain more about the project and to obtain local knowledge from community representatives on the proposed route corridor options being considered.
Mr Hubbold added: "We did this because it is important to us to hear local concerns and obtain information about the area so that we can choose a preferred route corridor.
"The information we received at these meetings is incredibly valuable to us and will be used in the decision-making process.
"I understand that there are different views about undergrounding the whole connection route and that some sections of the community would prefer undergrounding to a wood pole overhead line.
"However, it may be decided that for visual, ecological or technical reasons it might be justified to underground certain parts."