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

Michael Forrest
Title: Land Manager
Mobile: 07384 454 039
Address: Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Plc
Inveralmond House
200 Dunkeld Road
Perth
PH1 3AQ
Status: Early Development

About the project 

SSEN Transmission has seen a significant increase in generator connection applications in Argyll and Kintyre, with over 600MW total generation having applied for a connection to the network in the region in the last 18 months.

This increase in new renewable generation, led predominantly by onshore wind, has triggered the requirement for further reinforcement of the transmission network in the region beyond that already under construction.

Current activity 

We are currently in the process of preparing a submission to our regulator Ofgem, which will include confirmation of our preferred option to increase the capacity of transmission infrastructure in Argyll. In accordance with our regulatory requirements, we are required to assess alternative options as well as our preferred option.

Our current preferred option to facilitate this increase in renewable energy would involve the following elements:

  1. Establishing a new substation at Creag Dhubh and new switching station at Glen Lochy, connected by approximately 14km of new Overhead Line (Creag Dhubh – Dalmally 275kV Connection)
  2. Approximately 10km of new Overhead Line between Creag Dhubh and a tee point on the existing Inveraray-Crossaig Circuits
  3. Rebuild of existing An Suidhe, Crarae and Port Ann substations from 132kV to 275kV operational capacity.
  4. Construction of the new Craig Murrail substation
  5. Construction of a new 275kV substation in the vicinity of the existing 132kV Crossaig substation

Please note that each of the elements outlined above are at different stages of development and extensive engagement will be carried out on each element, alongside stakeholder engagement which will be undertaken on the strategy as a whole.

As the Argyll and Kintyre 275kV Strategy continues to develop, further information regarding our plans will be shared with our stakeholders and via this webpage.

 

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 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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