Project Type: Windfarm connection

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Helen Batey
Title: Community Liaison Manager
Mobile: 07778453993
Address: 1 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 6AY

Land Manager

Murray Philip
Telephone: 07918 404 557
Address: Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ
Status: Early Development

About the project 

The original transmission network in Argyll and Bute was constructed over 60 years ago and designed to transmit electricity to consumers in rural areas of low-density population.

 

As the UK strives for Net Zero (achieving a balance between the greenhouse gases put into the atmosphere and those taken out), SSEN Transmission has seen a significant increase in generator connection applications in Argyll and Kintyre in the last 18 months, predominantly in renewable generation.

There is therefore a requirement for us to increase our network capability in Argyll and Kintyre, beyond that already under current construction and public development, to enable the connection of further renewable generation and to export to the wider GB network. We have called this group of works designed to deliver the required increase in network capacity our ‘Argyll and Kintyre 275kV Strategy’.

 

Our Argyll and Kintyre 275kV Strategy consists of 3 projects, one of which has previously been consulted on publicly since 2016 and another two which are in early development and the initial consultation stage. They are as follows:

 

 This project involves establishing a new substation at Creag Dhubh and new switching station at Glen Lochy, connected by approximately 14km of new overhead line.

 This is a new project which would involve between 8-12 km of new 275kV overhead line constructed between the proposed new substation at Creag Dhubh, and a connection point on the Inveraray to Crossaig overhead line.  It will initially be operated at 132kV, but will be capable of 275kV operation, once associated transmission network connected substations to the south have been upgraded to 275kV capability. The existing 132kV overhead line between Inveraray and the proposed new Creag Dhubh substation will be removed.   

 To complete the Argyll and Kintyre 275kV Strategy, existing connected substations south of Inveraray require upgrade to 275kV capability, as a result we are progressing with a new project which would involve construction and operation of new 275kV electricity substations in the vicinity of the existing An Suidhe, Crarae and Crossaig Substations, and in the vicinity of Craig Murrail, north of Lochgilphead.

 

 

Virtual Public Consultation - Summer 2021 

In July 2021, we invited all interested stakeholders to join our virtual consultation exhibitions and share their views and feedback on our proposals for our Argyll and Kintyre 275kV Strategy.

The consultation was open for 5 weeks, starting from 12th July and closed on 13th August. We would like to thank all of those who took the time to attend the events and provide their feedback to the project team. If you missed the events, information regarding our proposals can also be found within our Consultation Brochure

Next steps:

We are currently in the process of preparing our Report on Consultation, detailing the responses received and subsequent actions due to be undertaken. This will be published to the project webpage once completed and shared with stakeholders. 

Argyll stakeholder webinar 

The Argyll and Kintyre 275kV Strategy was introduced to stakeholders during a regional webinar on 17th March 2021. Within the webinar, members of our project team outline the generation background history, the timeline we are working to and provide further context of the project requirement and anticipated next steps. To view the webinar, please click on the video adjacent.

 

Community engagement 

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 project and we want to understand what local people think about our plans.

We endeavour to take the time to discuss our proposals with local community councils and the wider affected community and to carry out engagement at key stages, listening to feedback before finalising project plans.

 

Project Documentation

Argyll and Kintyre 275kv Strategy - Consultation Poster - June 2021
File Type: pdf
Published: 30 Jun 2021
Argyll and Kintyre 275kV Strategy Consultation Brochure - July 2021
File Type: pdf
Published: 30 Jun 2021
Argyll and Bute Information Sharing Webinar - March 21 - Slide Deck
File Type: pdf
Published: 18 Mar 2021
Understanding Argyll and Bute’s Future Energy Ambitions Seminar Slides
File Type: pdf
Published: 07 Apr 2021

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