Project Type: Windfarm connection
Location: Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Lesley Dow
Title: Community Liaison Manager
Telephone: 01738 455115
Mobile: 07876 837490
Address: Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ

Land Manager

Izzie McDonald
Title: Wayleaves Officer
Telephone: 01224 667342
Mobile: 07880 180634
Address: 200 Ashgrove Road West, Aberdeen, AB16 5NY
Status: Construction Phase

Why is the project required?

A request has been made to National Grid by the developer of Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm to provide a connection to the transmission network. We are currently contracted to provide a 132 kV connection running from the consented wind farm’s onshore substation at Blackdog to the existing nearest point on the 132 kV network at Dyce substation.

Overview of proposed works

The connection will involve the installation of 7.6 km of 132 kV underground cable from Blackdog to Tower 54 on the Dyce - Stoneyhill overhead tower line, including a Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) under the A90.Re-conductoring 2 km of the existing 132 kV Dyce – Stoneyhill overhead tower line.

This will involve:

  • Removal of the two towers and overhead lines at Stoneyhill.
  • Replacement of Tower 54 with a new tower containing a cable sealing end platform.
  • Re-conductoring approximately 12km of the existing 132 kV Dyce – Kintore tower line between Dyce and Kintore substations.
  • Reinforcement work within Dyce substation.

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Our approach

Throughout the life of our projects, we aim to work positively with local communities and keep people informed about what we are doing. This is particularly important when we are developing a proposal and we want to understand what local people think about our plans.

We endeavour to take the time to discuss proposals with local community councils, encourage engagement from the wider community and listen to the feedback we receive.

We will do our best to answer any questions and address issues or concerns that are raised with us.

When our project progresses into construction, we will continue working closely with the local community to ensure that our work has as little impact on the lives of those living and working in the area and as many long term positive effects as possible.

The data in this map is provided for indicative purposes only and may be subject to change. Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc do not accept responsibility for its accuracy, completeness or validity. The data should not be copied, reproduced or utilised externally without permission.

Who is Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks?

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks is the trading name of Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution Limited, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc and Southern Electric Power Distribution plc.

How are Transmission network upgrades paid for?

Investments in projects are made by SHE Transmission plc. Electricity transmission companies are authorised to recover the costs of such investments through 'use of system' charges which are levied by National Grid Electricity Transmission plc on generators and suppliers of electricity. Suppliers recover their costs from all electricity customers. In order to protect the interests of customers, the transmission companies have to demonstrate to the energy regulator, Ofgem (Office for Gas and Electricity Markets) that proposed investments are necessary, are efficient and are economical so that the charges which are ultimately levied on all electricity customers are justified.
This means SHE Transmission is subject to a funding mechanism established by Parliament and regulated by Ofgem. Cross subsidies between different businesses in the SSE group is not permitted.

How are our proposals scrutinised?

The Scottish Ministers are responsible for determination of applications submitted under Section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989. Both statutory consultees and members of the public have the right to submit their representations on the application. All representations will be considered by Scottish Ministers in their determination of the application.
The Office for Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), as the regulator, has to approve all investment so project proposals are developed under license conditions.
Preferred route corridors chosen will comply with revised ‘Holford Rules’ which are the recognised industry approach to routeing overhead lines amended to reflect Scottish circumstances.

What is the transmission network?

It’s the highest voltage electricity network in the UK – the ‘motorway network’ of the energy world. It transmits large quantities of electricity over long distances via wires carried on a system of mainly metal towers (pylons) and large substations. Transmission voltages in Scotland are 132kV, 275kV and 400kV. Larger generation schemes usually connect to the Transmission system.

The lower voltage parts of the system are called distribution networks. In Scotland, these local networks operate below 132kV whereas in England the distribution network includes 132kV. 

Project Documentation

Aberdeen Offshore Event Booklet

Related Projects: Aberdeen offshore wind farm connection

File Type: pdf
Published: 17 Nov 2016
Aberdeen Offshore Event Presentation Boards

Related Projects: Aberdeen offshore wind farm connection

File Type: pdf
Published: 17 Nov 2016

Local People

Lesley Dow
  • Title: Community Liaison Manager
  • Email: lesley.dow@sse.com
  • Telephone: 01738 455115
  • Mobile: 07876 837490
  • Address: Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ
Izzie McDonald
  • Title: Wayleaves Officer
  • Email: izzie.mcdonald@sse.com
  • Telephone: 01224 667342
  • Mobile: 07880 180634
  • Address: 200 Ashgrove Road West, Aberdeen, AB16 5NY

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