SSEN submits plans to replace overhead lines

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), operating as Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc under licence, has submitted plans to replace overhead lines and steel towers between Inveraray and Crossaig.

SSEN submits plans to replace overhead lines

The existing towers that run from Inveraray to Crossaig are approaching the end of their operational life and since 2014, SSEN has been working with the local community, landowners, statutory authorities and specialist consultants to develop its proposals to replace this critical national infrastructure.

Pre-application consultation events were hosted in Inveraray, Ardrishaig, Tarbert, Skipness and Carradale in September last year and provided interested parties with the opportunity to review and comment on the preferred alignment of the new infrastructure.

The main elements of SSEN’s proposal are:

  • Construction of a new 275kV overhead line, initially operated at 132kV between Inveraray and Crossaig.
  • Decommissioning and removal of the existing 132kV transmission line between Inveraray and Crossaig.
  • Extend the existing connection from Port Ann to the new overhead line.

As well as maintaining a safe and reliable supply of electricity across the region, this upgrade will also help facilitate the increase in demand for connections to SSEN’s transmission network following the growth in renewable energy across the region, helping facilitate the transition to a low carbon economy.

SSEN project manager, Ian Clark, said: “Our proposals consider a wide range of factors, including feedback from consultations, feedback from directly affected landowners and also the environmental and engineering assessments that have been carried out, and we are confident that our proposals have reached an optimum balance between these aspects.”


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