A number of significant projects connecting to the transmission network has triggered the need for a 400kV substation at Leylodge, Kintore.
Each year the electricity system operator (National Grid ESO) assesses all proposed network reinforcements across Great Britain and provides a recommendation on whether these proposals should proceed. This is called the Networks Options Assessment (NOA). The NOA in 2018 and 2019 has provided “Proceed” signals for the East Coast and North East network to be reinforced to 400kV operation.
To allow this, the North East and East Coast networks require reinforcement via a new substation at Kintore. This involves a phased development of a new substation operating at 400kV, with ‘Phase 1’ completed to tie in with the network north of Kintore in October 2023 and ‘Phase 2’ completed for the network south of Kintore energising to 400kV operation in 2026.
On the 31st of July 2020 we submitted two planning applications in support of our proposals. A town & country planning application was submitted to Aberdeenshire Council and can be found at the following location; https://upa.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application Planning ref: APP/2020/1437.
We have also submitted an application to Scottish Ministers for consent under section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 relating to the over head line elements of our proposal. We have been working closely with the Energy Consents Unit to ensure that, during the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the UK and Scottish Governments, the application can be processed formally and in accordance with all relevant Regulations. Please see below should you wish to view the documents contained within our Section 37 application in full.
Should you have further questions on our proposals then please visit our project website https://www.ssen-transmission.co.uk/projects/kintore-400kv-substation/ or contact the project Community Liaison Manager, Gary Donlin at firstname.lastname@example.org