SSEN to remove transmission lines from Cairngorms National Park

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Transmission (SSEN Transmission) will remove 12km of overhead transmission lines from the Cairngorms National Park after receiving funding from Ofgem.

SSEN to remove transmission lines from Cairngorms National Park

The two sections of overhead lines, near the villages of Boat of Garten and Nethy Bridge, will see 46 transmission towers removed from the Cairngorms landscape, with both circuits to be replaced with underground cabling.

The investment required to carry out both schemes totals £31.9m and is being funded as part of a £500m scheme administered by the energy regulator Ofgem. The scheme allows the three GB electricity transmission owners to bid for funding to mitigate the impact of historic electricity infrastructure in National Parks and National Scenic Areas.

Euan Smith, who is leading SSEN Transmission’s VISTA project, said: “We are delighted Ofgem has approved our funding request to remove an additional 46 transmission towers, covering a combined distance of 12km, from the Cairngorms National Park.

“Once complete, the removal of this additional infrastructure will leave a lasting legacy for current and future generations by improving the visual amenity within one of Scotland’s most precious landscapes.

“We would like to thank all stakeholders who helped shape the development of our Cairngorm VISTA schemes and we now look forward to progressing with these works, which we expect to complete by around 2020.”


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