Consent to Extend Connection Offer Timelines for EP Kilroot OCGT GT8

Published date28 September 2020
Energy SectorElectricity Networks
Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation
Queens House, 10-14 Queen Street, BELFAST, BT1 6ED
T: +44 (0) 28 9031 1575 F: +44 (0) 28 9031 1740 W:
Alan Campbell
Castlereagh House,
12 Manse Road,
25 September 2020 Ref: NET/E/TH/269
Dear Alan
Request that the Authority1 consent to extend the Condition 25(7) date for the
Connection Offer Timelines for Connection Application for EP Kilroot OCGT GT8
(“the Application”)
Thank you for your letter of 11 September 2020 (“the Letter”).
We treat the Letter as a request (under Condition 25(5) of SONI’s TSO Licence (“the
Licence”)) seeking the Authority’s consent to extend the time required to issue the
Connection Offer to EP Kilroot Limited (“EPKL”) for its OCGT GT8 project from 27
September 2020 to 1 December 2020.
Condition 25(5) of the licence obliges SONI to offer terms to connect in respect of the
Application as soon as practicable and in any event within the period designated in
Condition 25(7), save where the Authority consents to a longer period. Condition 25(7)
provides that the designated period is 3 months from receipt of the Application.
SONI received a transmission connection application from EPKLfor the OCGT GT8 project
on 12 June 2020. SONI assessed the application and following the provision of additional
information and payment of the relevant connection application fees, deemed this to be
valid on 29 June 2020. The application requests a total Maximum Export Capacity (“MEC”)
of 299 MW. Accordingly, absent the Authority consenting to a longer period (in accordance
with Condition 25(5) of the Licence), SONI is obliged to offer terms of connection in
respect of the Application as soon as practicable and in any event prior to 27 September
SONI requests that the UR consent to that period being extended to the longer period of 1
December 2020.
1 In this letter “we”, “the UR”, and “the Authority” are used interchangeably to refer to the Northern Ireland Authority
for Utility Regulation.

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