£70m network upgrade project progressing well
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is progressing with a £70 million project to upgrade the existing overhead network between Beauly and Keith, with the second phase of work now under way between Nairn and Elgin.
SSEN switches on £1bn Caithness-Moray transmission link
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has switched on the £1 billion Caithness-Moray transmission link.
Composite poles used to power up Scotland
Composite poles have been deployed for the first time on Great Britain's transmission system and are being used to carry power lines from the Dorenell wind farm in Scotland.
SSEN submits needs case to Ofgem for Western Isles transmission link
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has submitted a final needs case to Ofgem for a subsea cable transmission link from Western Isles to the Scottish mainland.
Final phase of £3m Stalybridge power upgrade starts
Electricity North West has started the final phase of a £3 million power upgrade project in Stalybridge.
£1bn ‘energy superhighway’ gets royal opening
A £1 billion 'energy superhighway' which carries high voltage power cables beneath the streets of central London has been officially opened by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
ENA launches next stage of innovation strategy plans
Plans to put gas and electricity grids at the forefront of energy innovation have moved forward with the energy industry invited to take part in a number of workshop events in November.
Policy & Regulation
Labour pledges public ownership of networks
Labour has pledged to bring energy networks back under public ownership if it wins power in the general election on 8 June.
National Grid hits pause on Moorside connection
Plans to build a 102-mile power line connecting the proposed Moorside nuclear plant in Cumbria to the transmission network have been placed on hold, National Grid has revealed.
Technology & Operations
Composite conductor cuts transmission connection time
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has utilised an innovative composite conductor to cut the grid connection time for Beinneun wind farm by two months.
North-south divide driving transmission investment
National Grid has identified potential network capacity deficits arising from increasing north to south electricity flows in Scotland and England.
Murphy to support Siemens on Nemo contract
Engineering and construction firm J Murphy & Sons has been appointed by Siemens to help deliver the Nemo Link interconnector for National Grid.
Plans unveiled for ‘biggest new power line since electricity network was built’
National Grid has unveiled plans for “the biggest new power line project since the electricity network was built”.
Policy & Regulation
Fifth OFTO tender round kicks off
Ofgem has announced its fifth, and biggest, tender round for offshore transmission owners (OFTOs) will kick off on 10 October.
Fit for digital
Transmission substations are going through a radical evolution as digital technologies take hold, says ABB’s Danny Lyonnette.
Strategy & Management
Reducing dependence on the national grid is a must
Peter Rolton says our national grid is no longer fit for purpose and makes the case for localised energy systems.
SHET secures £500 million for major transmission link
Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission has secured a £500 million loan from the European Investment Bank to support the reinforcement of the transmission network in the north of Scotland.