SSEN consultation on new transmission line

08 April 2023

We have been a little remiss in not picking up sooner on this huge project, which will involve the construction of a completely new transmission line from Spittal, about 15km south of Thurso in Caithness, via Loch Buidhe between Loch Fleet and Bonar Bridge, to Beauly.

From the SSEN website

In order to support the continued growth in onshore and offshore renewables across the north of Scotland, supporting the country’s drive towards Net Zero, further investment in network infrastructure is needed to connect this renewable power and transport it from source to areas of demand across the country.  

Following extensive system studies, Spittal to Beauly has been identified as a critical corridor in establishing this required reinforcement, connecting into new substation sites at Spittal, Loch Buidhe and Beauly along the way.

Local consultations were held in towns and villages along the proposed route, which has a bewildering variety of options.  Submissions to the consultation can still be made online, but officially only until Friday 14 April.

For links to full information, maps and the consultation submission form, go to  Energy / Energy > Energy news


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