Projects delivering a Network for Net Zero - Pathway to 2030
We are investing over £20bn to upgrade the network infrastructure across the north of Scotland between now and 2030 as the region plays a leading role in the clean energy transition.
As a mass transporter of renewable energy, the north of Scotland electricity transmission network has a major role to play in supporting delivery of Scotland and the UK’s 2030 net zero targets, connecting new onshore and offshore renewables generation and transporting the power generated to demand centres in the rest of Scotland and beyond.
This investment is critical to powering change and meeting Scotland and the UK’s renewable energy targets, accelerating our delivery to meet the 2030 offshore wind connection dates, known as the Pathway to 2030. This investment will also play a vital role in helping ensure our future energy security by using affordable, home-grown, low carbon electricity while providing significant economic and employment opportunities supporting 20,000 jobs across the UK, 9,000 of which will be in Scotland.
The projects include new overhead lines, substations and subsea links and are part of a major upgrade of the electricity transmission network across Great Britain. Explore this page to find out more about our Pathway to 2030 projects and view our useful frequently asked questions below.
What are the Pathway to 2030 projects and why are they needed?
Videos: Our role in delivering Net Zero and our Pathway to 2030 Projects
Our role in delivering Net ZeroClick the play button to watch our video and to learn more about the work SSEN Transmission is doing to deliver Net Zero.
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Pathway to 2030 ProjectsClick the play button to watch our video and to learn more about our Pathway to 2030 Projects
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What we are doing now
Throughout late February and March 2024, we will be holding public events at key locations along the Pathway to 2030 projects, including:
- Formal pre-application consultation for new substations
- Formal consultation on new overhead line routes proposed in the Report on Consultations
- Updates on proposed overhead line routes.
As part of the legally required Pre-Application Consultation (PAC) process for major developments, Proposal of Application Notices (PANs) to Planning Authorities, Community Councils and local elected members started to be issued in late January 2024. These mark the start of our planning process and provide details of the two consultation events to be held prior to submission of planning applications for each our proposed new substations.
The PAC events will set out our proposed designs, including indicative landscape screening and illustrative overhead line and cable connections. 3D modelling will be available to provide visualisations of the substations and overhead lines within their local setting. We will be seeking formal feedback to help inform ongoing design development.
In advance of consulting on the alignment stage for overhead line routes later this year, we will also be providing information updates on overhead line routes at the PAC events and at numerous locations along the project routes. These events are for information sharing and we welcome comments which will be used to inform the development of alignment options.
Details of the next round of engagement events, including locations, dates and timings will be available on the project pages and on our events page. Please contact your local Community Liaison Manager if you have any questions.
Learn more about our Pathway to 2030 projects
Spittal, Loch Buidhe, Beauly
Projects within our North Highland region involve a new 400kV Substation at Spittal, a subsea cable between Spittal and Peterhead, and a new 400kV overhead line between Spittal and Beauly. New 400kV substations are also required at Loch Buidhe and Beauly to enable these connections.
Beauly and onwards
Projects within our Central Highland region centre around Beauly. These include a subsea cable from the Western Isles, a 400kV overhead line from Spittal and a new 400kV overhead line to Peterhead, and a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Converter station. These connect to a new 400kV substation close to the existing one in Beauly.
Beauly, Blackhillock, New Deer, PeterheadOur North East region spans between Beauly and Peterhead and includes a new 400kV overhead line between these two locations alongside new 400kV substations at each end. Along the way, the line will also be connecting in to new 400kV substations needed at Blackhillock and New Deer.
Peterhead, Kintore, Fiddes, Tealing
Our East Coast works include a subsea link from Spittal connecting to a new 400kV substation at Peterhead and a new 400kV overhead line from Beauly. An HVDC switching station is also required at Peterhead, alongside 132kV and 275kV substation works. Further south, works include a new 400kV overhead line between Kintore and Tealing, new substations and line reconductoring.
Thoughts from our Managing Director
Delivering a network for net zero
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SSEN Transmission to consult on first of a kind community fundPlanned SSEN Transmission community fund will see local people benefit directly from the transmission networks infrastructure they host for the first time. Company calls for industry, government and regulator to establish a more ambitious funding approach going forward, recognising the vital role communities will play in enabling net zero.
Major jobs boost for the north of Scotland as community-led changes to £20bn electricity upgrades announcedSSEN Transmission will recruit 400 new employees across the north of Scotland in the next 12 months and is setting out ambitious plans to contribute to the development of 200 properties across the north of Scotland as a legacy of its Pathway to 2030 £20bn investment programme.
Another significant milestone reached in delivery of key contracts for 2030 Scottish electricity onshore transmission network plansIn a further boost to the delivery of its ‘Pathway to 2030’ network investment plans, SSEN Transmission has today announced that it has selected a series of ‘preferred bidders’ for the critical elements of delivering all onshore transmission infrastructure across the programme, a crucial milestone in the development of these essential national infrastructure projects