A video showing the construction of the first overhead transmission line to the Isle of Skye in the 1970s has resurfaced as SSEN invites local residents to attend drop-in information events regarding the Fort Augustus - Skye project in Glengarry and Kyleakin next week.

The film, produced by the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board (now Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN)) and Balfour Beatty, illustrates the challenges associated with the construction of the original line which connects the Isle of Skye to the mainland of Scotland.

SSEN, operating under licence as Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, owns and invests in the high voltage electricity network serving the north of Scotland. Requests have been made to National Grid by renewable generation developers in the north of Skye to connect to the electricity network.

Following feedback from initial consultation events in September 2016, SSEN is hosting additional drop-in information events in Glengarry and Kyleakin to allow the local community to find out more about the proposals to increase the existing electrical capacity on Skye.

Project Manager, Mark Baxter said: “As we work hard to identify an overhead line  alignment for the proposed wooden H pole structures between Fort Augustus and Dunvegan substations, we’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on the immense challenges that our colleagues from almost 40 years ago faced when the first overhead line to Skye was erected.

“In particular, it is interesting to see both the similarities and the differences towards the way that we and our contractors operate; one of the more noticeable differences being the progression in our approach to safety!

“We hope that this video will attract the attention of local residents and encourage them to attend one of our upcoming events to meet our team and provide feedback on our proposals.

Events are taking place at Kyleakin Village Hall from 4.30pm to 7pm on Monday 27 March and Glengarry Community Hall from 4.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday 28 March.

The full video and more information about the project and events can be viewed on the dedicated project page

Consultation events for the project are expected to take place this summer.




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