Overview of North East Projects
The north east of Scotland has a key role to play to enabling the delivery of the UK and Scottish Governments renewable energy targets, by connecting new onshore and offshore renewable power. To take this power where it is needed, we are upgrading existing lines and, where required, building new overhead and subsea cable infrastructure. To be able to achieve the government’s targets this work will need to be completed by 2030, in line with our pathway to 2030 plans.
We have committed to deliver a new overhead line, reinforcement of the existing lines and new substations.
Beauly – Blackhillock – New Deer – Peterhead 400kV Overhead Line
Network studies have been completed demonstrating the need for a new 400kV overhead line between Beauly and Peterhead and connecting into new substation sites at Beauly, Blackhillock, New Deer and Peterhead along the way.
New Beauly Area 400kV Substation
A new Beauly 400kV substation is needed for the connection of the Spittal - Loch Buidhe - Beauly 400kV Overhead Line and the Beauly - Blackhillock - New Deer - Peterhead 400kV Overhead Line. This new substation will be located near to the existing Beauly Substation.
New Blackhillock 400kV Substation
A new substation at Blackhillock is required to enable the new 400kV overhead line between Beauly - Blackhillock - New Deer - Peterhead as well as other anticipated new renewable generation schemes connecting to the network, moving supply to demand areas around the country. The project has been accelerated to be in service by October 2030, ready and commissioned for 2029.
New 400kV New Deer Substation
To enable the new Beauly - Blackhillock - New Deer - Peterhead 400kV overhead line, we will need to install a new 400kV substation near the existing 275/400kV New Deer substation in the area of Keith.
New Peterhead 400kV Substation (Peterhead 2)
A second 400kV substation is required in the Peterhead area to support offshore and onshore electricity generation connections as well as onshore and offshore transmission infrastructure in the area. The substation will be similar to the first 400kV substation which is due to be commissioned in 2023.