Project Type: Transmission reinforcement
Location: Aberdeenshire

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Gary Donlin
Title: Community Liaison Manager
Mobile: 07384 624 777
Address: 1 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 6AY

Land Manager

George Leggat
Title: Land Manager
Mobile: 07785 474512
Status: Project assessment

About The Project


Significant generation connecting to the North East transmission network has triggered the need for a new 400kV substation in Peterhead.

We previously consulted on proposals for a new substation at Peterhead in 2013, however due to the changing requirements in the transmission network, we have undertaken further system and technical analysis to ensure that our proposals meet the future requirements of the network.

Our proposals will consider plans to reinforce the existing 275kV overhead line, which connects the substations at Blackhillock, Keith, New Deer, Rothienorman, Kintore and Peterhead, to enable operation at an increased voltage of 400kV.

On this basis, we propose to develop a new substation adjacent to the existing 275kV substation at Peterhead. The new substation will comprise of four super grid transformers, plant enclosures, a 400kV gas-insulated busbar, substation control building and associated infrastructure.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Public Consultation Event

SSEN will be visiting Peterhead on Wednesday 21st November to discuss our proposals for a new Substation with members of the public and local stakeholders. We will be in the Peterhead Rescue Hall, Prince Street, AB42 1QE between 14:00 and 19:00. We would love to meet with as many members of the local community as possible to discuss our proposals in more detail and to hear your thoughts and feedback on these. If you have any questions or queries on our event then please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Community Liaison Manager - Gary

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