Project Type: Transmission reinforcement
Location: Perth & Kinross

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Louise Anderson
Title: Community Liaison Manager
Telephone: 07384 454233
Address: Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ

Land Manager

George Leggat
Title: Land Manager
Mobile: 07785 474512
Status: Early Development

About the project

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Plc is proposing to upgrade the existing 275kV East Coast transmission network to enable new generation to link to Great Britain’s transmission system, allowing the onward supply of power to centres of demand.

There is currently a 275kV overhead line (OHL) T-Junction tower at Haughend near Alyth, and as part of the upgrade a new substation including reactive compensation (equipment to stabilise network voltage) is proposed at this location. This new substation will operate at 275kV but will be built for 400kV capability.

 

Why is the project required?

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Plc has a licence obligation to invest in its existing assets to maintain network health and condition.  SHE Transmission Plc also has a statutory duty under the Electricity Safety Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002 to ensure that the electricity transmission network is fit for purpose.
 
This strategic grid reinforcement is deemed to be essential for providing the transmission capacity necessary to realise the potential of Scotland’s renewable energy resources, maintaining long-term security of electricity supply supporting sustainable economic development.

Our Approach

Throughout the life of our projects, we aim to work positively with local communities and keep people informed about what we are doing. This is particularly important when we are developing a proposal and we want to understand what local people think about our plans.

We endeavour to take the time to discuss proposals with local community councils, encourage engagement from the wider community and listen to the feedback we receive.

We will do our best to answer any questions and address issues or concerns that are raised with us.

When our project progresses into construction, we will continue working closely with the local community to ensure that our work has as little impact on the lives of those living and working in the area and as many long term positive effects as possible.

The data in this map is provided for indicative purposes only and may be subject to change. Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc do not accept responsibility for its accuracy, completeness or validity. The data should not be copied, reproduced or utilised externally without permission.

Who is Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks?

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks is the trading name of Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution Limited, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc and Southern Electric Power Distribution plc.

How are Transmission network upgrades paid for?

Investments in projects are made by SHE Transmission plc. Electricity transmission companies are authorised to recover the costs of such investments through 'use of system' charges which are levied by National Grid Electricity Transmission plc on generators and suppliers of electricity. Suppliers recover their costs from all electricity customers. In order to protect the interests of customers, the transmission companies have to demonstrate to the energy regulator, Ofgem (Office for Gas and Electricity Markets) that proposed investments are necessary, are efficient and are economical so that the charges which are ultimately levied on all electricity customers are justified.


This means SHE Transmission is subject to a funding mechanism established by Parliament and regulated by Ofgem. Cross subsidies between different businesses in the SSE group is not permitted.

What is the transmission network?

It’s the highest voltage electricity network in the UK – the ‘motorway network’ of the energy world. It transmits large quantities of electricity over long distances via wires carried on a system of mainly metal towers (pylons) and large substations. Transmission voltages in Scotland are 132kV, 275kV and 400kV. Larger generation schemes usually connect to the Transmission system.

The lower voltage parts of the system are called distribution networks. In Scotland, these local networks operate below 132kV whereas in England the distribution network includes 132kV. 

How and to what extent are electricity consumers' interests considered?

SHE Transmission are regulated by the Office for Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), the regulator responsible for representing consumers' interests. Electricity consumer interests are therefore one of our key drivers and this is enshrined in our statutory duties under the Electricity Act.


In particular we have a statutory duty to develop, maintain and operate an efficient, economic and co-ordinated transmission system. Since the costs of these projects will ultimately be paid for by electricity consumers, we have a responsibility to take cost into account with due weighting in a comparison against other important factors.

What sort of disruption is to be expected during construction, and how will it be managed?

There is potential for travel disruption during construction, when we take delivery of key plant items or because of increased volumes of traffic on the local road network. Disruption will be minimised and typically controlled through an agreed Traffic Management Plan with Perth and Kinross Council as part of any consent conditions. SHE Transmission aims to ensure that construction traffic uses the roads safely and that any inconvenience to the public is kept to a minimum whilst maintaining a safe environment for the workforce and other road users.


As part of the Environmental Assessments, potential impact from construction noise will be evaluated and mitigation measures instigated where necessary.

Does SHE Transmission foresee a potential of flooding and where would any flood water go if flooding was to occur?

A flood assessment was carried out on the substation site and we don’t foresee any flooding. The substation site is out with the 1 in 1000 year flood event zone and the finished platform level has a 2 metre freeboard above the 1 in 1000 year flood event.

Will there will be communications with P&K Council, SEPA, local landowners, local residents over maintenance of the river course and any flood barriers that are erected?

As part of the planning application process, PKC will notify all residential properties within 20m of the application site. In addition, they may choose to consult SEPA on the application and if that happens we shall work with them on any issues raised.

Will access on the public road be maintained?

Yes. Every effort will be made to keep the Haughend Road open during the Public Road Improvement works. Small closures for example to remove the disused railway bridge will be required so local route diversions may be required.

Will any repairs to road surfaces due to increased heavy traffic during the construction period be carried out and guaranteed by SHE Transmission?

SHE Transmission are upgrading the Haughend Road as part of the works and will maintain the road in agreement with the planning condition set by PKC.

Where will access to the site be?

The substation access will be located at the north west corner of the site.

How will noise be mitigated/controlled during construction works?

As part of the planning process we will agree construction operational working hours with Perth and Kinross Council. Construction works will only take place during these agreed hours and in planning the works, our contractors will look to minimise the impact of construction noise on neighbours and the public.

Application Submission

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc (SHE Transmission) has submitted a consent application to the Scottish Government for the Alyth substation and reactive compensation project to install two new steel lattice terminal towers on the Kintore to Kincardine 275kV overhead line, connecting into the proposed Alyth 275/400kV substation via new downleads; and one new steel lattice tower to replace an existing tower on the Tealing to Alyth 275kV overhead line route. A copy of the application, is available for inspection, free of charge. This can be accessed during normal opening hours at Alyth Post Office / Scotmid Co-operative. Representations to the application may be submitted via the Energy Consents Unit website at www.energyconsents.scot/Register.aspx; by email to The Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit mailbox at representations@gov.scot or by post, to The Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU, identifying the proposal and specifying the grounds for representation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Following the public consultation that SHE Transmission held on the 10th of July 2019 and the feedback we received from this consultation, in the interest of engaging openly and meaningfully with the local community we have compiled a Frequently Asked Questions document that can be downloaded from the project documentation tab.

Consultation Feedback

The project team would like to extend thanks to all members of the public who took the time to provide feedback on our public pre-application consultation event at Alyth town hall on Wednesday the 10th of July 2019. All responses received will now be reviewed ahead of submission of a planning application.

Pre-Application Consultation

We are holding a pre-application consultation in Alyth town hall on Wednesday the 10th of July between 2-7pm and would welcome all local people and interested parties to attend to discuss our plans for a new 275/400kV electricity substation in Alyth.

North East and East Coast Information Brochure

Due to a vast increase in connection of renewable sources of energy in both the North East and East Coast regions, there is now a requirement to upgrade the transmission network. Over the coming decade, we are proposing to undertake several projects to upgrade the transmission network in the North East and East Coast of Scotland. As part of this process we have created an information brochure to show the projects that are being considered and when we intend to carry out works in the local areas. The information booklet can be downloaded from the project documentation tab.

Proposal of Application Notice

We have now submitted the Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to Perth and Kinross Council under the terms of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure)(Scotland) Regulations 2013. This notice states our intent to submit a planning application to erect an electricity substation 450 metres north west of Haughend Farm, Meigle.

Environmental Appraisal Report

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Environmental Appraisal Figures

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 1.1

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 1.2

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 3.1

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 3.2

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 3.3

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 3.4

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 3.5

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 4.1

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 4.2

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 4.3

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 5.1

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 5.2

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 5.3

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 7.1

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 7.2

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 8.1

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Environmental Appraisal Appendix 8.2

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North East 400kV & Eastern Reinforcements (Nov 2019

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Alyth Substation FAQs July 2019

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Pre-Application Consultation A4 Booklet

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Pre-Application Consultation Boards

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North East and East Coast Information Boards

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East Coast Map

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Environmental Designations and Constraints Map

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2012 Alyth Substation Location and Planning Application Boundary Map

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Alyth Substation Proposal Vs Original Application Location Plan

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2019 Alyth Substation Proposal of Application Layout

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Public Road Improvements to Haughend Road - Drawing 1

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Public Road Improvements to Haughend Road - Drawing 4

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Demolition Plan for Existing Disused Railway Line

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Demolition Plan for Existing Disused Railway Line showing Path and Steps

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Alyth Pre-Application Consultation Poster

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