Project Type: Windfarm connection
Location: Moray

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Louise Anderson
Title: Community Liaison Manager
Telephone: 07384 454233
Address: Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ

Land Manager

Stuart Smart
Title: Land Manager
Mobile: 07385385700
Address: 10 Henderson Road, Longman Industrial Estate, Inverness, IV1 1SN
Status: Project assessment

About the Project

EDF Energy Renewables Ltd, have submitted a connection application for their proposed 210MW Clash Gour Wind Farm development, which is located approximately 12km south of Forres in Moray, Scotland.

SSEN Transmission will install two 275/132kV transformers to facilitate the connection to the 275kV system.  It is also proposed to erect two new 275kV towers close to the existing tower 190 of the existing Knocknagael - Blackhillock 275kV double circuit tower line to facilitate the installation of 275kV tapings. These structures will include down droppers connecting onto new 275kV switchgear located within the substation compound at the Clash Gour 275/132kV substation.

The aim of the project is to enable renewable energy to connect to our transmission network. 

Why is the Project Required?

As part of its statutory and Transmission Licence obligations, SSEN Transmission has several duties including:

· The development and maintenance of an efficient, coordinated and economical system of electricity transmission,

· To facilitate competition in the supply and generation of electricity, and

· To ensure that the security of the network is maintained as the demand and/or generation connections change over time.

Our Engagement

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 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. 

How and to what extent are electricity consumers' interests considered?

SHE Transmission are regulated by the Office for Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), the regulator responsible for representing consumers' interests. Electricity consumer interests are therefore one of our key drivers and this is enshrined in our statutory duties under the Electricity Act.


In particular we have a statutory duty to develop, maintain and operate an efficient, economic and co-ordinated transmission system. Since the costs of these projects will ultimately be paid for by electricity consumers, we have a responsibility to take cost into account with due weighting in a comparison against other important factors.

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