The proposed Limekiln wind farm grid connection consists of approximately 5 km of 132 kV overhead line to be supported by double trident H wood pole structures between a proposed substation at Limekiln Wind Farm (planning for this being progressed by others), and a proposed sealing end structure at a location around 900 metres to the south of Dounreay substation.

The requirement for this development has been driven specifically by a request made to SHE Transmission for connection of Limekiln Wind Farm to the transmission network. In June 2016, Infinergy  Ltd submitted an application to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit for consent to build a 24 turbine, 72 Megawatt (MW) wind farm at Limekiln Estate in Caithness to the west of Thurso.

Under our licence obligations, we must provide Developers with a connection to the national electricity grid, which in this case would be made between the wind farm’s on-site substation and our existing substation at Dounreay, to the north. Our current project programme indicates commencement of construction in July 2021, with completion in September 2022 to meet contracted connection dates.

On 6 April 2020 we submitted an application to Scottish Ministers for consent under section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 for the grid connection for Limekiln wind farm. 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.

We will be issuing public notices advertising the application on or just after 24 April in the Caithness Courier, John o Groat Journal and Edinburgh Gazette. A copy of the notice will also be published on this website. These notices will give details of how members of the public may view the application and make representations to Scottish Ministers.

Any enquiries regarding the project should be directed to  Lisa Marchi, Community Liaison Manager, at lisa.marchi@sse.com

EIA Vol 1 - Non Technical Summary

Vol 1 - Non-technical Summary

Volume 1 - Figure 1 Overview of the Proposed Development
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Volume 1 - Figure 2 The Proposed Development
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Volume 1 - Non-technical Summary
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EIA Vol 2 - main text

Vol 2 - main text

Volume 2 - Chapter 1 Introduction
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Volume 2 - Chapter 2 Route Selection and Alternatives
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Volume 2 - Chapter 3 Description of the Proposed Development
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Volume 2 - Chapter 4 EIA Consultation
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Volume 2 - Chapter 5 EIA Methodology
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Volume 2 - Chapter 6 Landscape and Visual
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Volume 2 - Chapter 7 Ecology
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Volume 2 - Chapter 8 Ornithology
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Volume 2 - Chapter 9 Cultural Heritage
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Volume 2 - Chapter 10 Hydrology Hydrogeology Geology and Soils
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Volume 2 - Chapter 11 Forestry
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Volume 2 - Chapter 12 Schedule of Environmental Mitigation
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Volume 2 - Content and Glossary
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EIA Vol 3 - figures

Vol 3 - figures

Volume 3 - Content
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Volume 3 - Figure 1.1 Overview of the Proposed Development
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Volume 3 - Figure 2.1 Corridor and Route Options
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Volume 3 - Figure 3.1 The Proposed Development
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Volume 3 - Figure 3.2 View from A836 Near Dounreay
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Volume 3 - Figure 3.3 View from C1001 near Achunabust
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Volume 3 - Figure 6.1 ZTV
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Volume 3 - Figure 6.2 Landscape Character And Designations
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Volume 3 - Figure 6.3 Visual Receptors
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Volume 3 - Figure 7.1 Sites Designated for Nature Conservation Importance
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Volume 3 - Figure 7.2 Phase 1 Habitats
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Volume 3 - Figure 7.3 GWDTE Habitats
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Volume 3 - Figure 7.4 Protected Species Survey
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Volume 3 - Figure 8.1 Ornithology Survey Areas
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Volume 3 - Figure 8.2 Vantage Point Viewsheds
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Volume 3 - Figure 8.3 Internationally Designated Sites
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Volume 3 - Figure 8.4 Nationally Designated Sites
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Volume 3 - Figure 8.5 Breeding Bird Survey Birds of Conservation Concern
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Volume 3 - Figure 8.6 Breeding Bird Survey Birds of Least Concern
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Volume 3 - Figure 8.7 Target Species Flightlines
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Volume 3 - Figure 8.8 At Risk Flightlines
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Volume 3 - Figure 8.9 Breeding Raptor and Owl Surveys
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Volume 3 - Figure 9.1 Cultural Heritage
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Volume 3 - Figure 10.1 Local Hydrology
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Volume 3 - Figure 10.2 Soils
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Volume 3 - Figure 10.3 Superficial Geology
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Volume 3 - Figure 10.4 Peatland Classification
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Volume 3 - Figure 10.5 Peat Depth
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Volume 3 - Figure 10.6 Bedrock Geology
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Volume 3 - Figure 10.7 Regional Hydrogeology
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Volume 3 - Figure 10.8 Groundwater Vulnerability
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Volume 3 - Figure 10.9 Peat Instability Risk
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Volume 3 - Figure 11.1 Forest Compartment Plan
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Volume 3 - Figure 11.2 Forest Compartments and Operational Corridor
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Volume 3 - Figure 10.3 Superficial Geology
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EIA Vol 4 - appendicies

Vol 4 - appendicies

Volume 4 - Appendix 2.1 Holford Rules
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Volume 4 - Appendix 3.1 SHE Transmission GEMPs and SPPs
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Volume 4 - Appendix 4.1 Public Exhibition Poster May 2018
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Volume 4 - Appendix 4.2 Public Exhibition Leaflet May 2018
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Volume 4 - Appendix 4.3 Public Exhibition Boards May 2018
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Volume 4 - Appendix 4.4 Scoping Opinion
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Volume 4 - Appendix 4.5 Scoping Matrix
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Volume 4 - Appendix 4.6 Consultee Letters
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Volume 4 - Appendix 6.1 Visual Assessment Tables
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Volume 4 - Appendix 8.1 Ornithology Field Survey Methodology
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Volume 4 - Appendix 8.2 Target Species Flight Activity Details
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Volume 4 - Appendix 8.3 Field Survey Timings and Weather Records
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Volume 4 - Appendix 8.4 Assessment of Ornithological Receptors of Local Value
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Volume 4 - Appendix 8.5 Report to Inform the Appropriate Assessment for SPAs
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Volume 4 - Appendix 9.1 Cultural Heritage Indirect Effects
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Volume 4 - Appendix 11.1 Approved Forest Plan
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Volume 4 - Appendix 11.2 Limekiln Wind Farm Forest Plan
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Volume 4 - Appendix 11.3 Amended Forest Plan
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Volume 4 - Appendix 11.4 Forestry Table
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Volume 4 - Content
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Planning statement

Planning statement

Limekiln Wind Farm 132 kV Grid Connection Planning Statement
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