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Power lines report to be published by IET

A report into future UK power lines will be published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in the new year.

The report will analyse the whole life costs of installing new high voltage transmission circuits under the ground, under the sea and over ground.

Research and production of the report is being carried out by engineering consultancy Parsons Brinkerhoff, which is currently collating and assessing the broad range of data received from manufacturers, installers and operators.

An independent report was commissioned last October into the comparative costs of installing new high voltage transmission circuits, at the request of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and at the instigation of the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) Chairman Sir Michael Pitt.

The published report will provide an authoritative, independent point of reference to inform the evaluation of the IPC into planning applications for new high voltage transmission connections or reinforcements.

Parsons Brinckerhoff is undertaking the study in association with Cable Consulting International, while the IET is providing quality assurance of the report.

The final report will be available from the IET website on January 31st, 2012.

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