Project Type: Windfarm connection
Location: Highland

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Kelly Scott
Title: Community Liaison Manager
Mobile: 07443 772 946
Address: Networks
1 Waterloo Street
Glasgow
G2 6AY

Land Manager

Nicola Ross
Title: Wayleaves Officer
Mobile: 07825 015057
Address: 10 Henderson Road, Inverness, IV1 1SN
Status: Project assessment

About the project

The Beauly 132kV Reinforcement project is required to enable the connection of the Loch Luichart Extension II windfarm. Infinergy signed a connection offer for 36MW of generation in 2019, and SHE Transmission are now looking to replace aging assets at Beauly 132kV substation to enable this connection to the grid. 

The project will involve the following elements:

  • Decommissioning parts of the existing 132kV substation
  • Construction of a new 132kV GIS substation building
  • Decommissioning of three existing transformers within the existing 132kV substation
  • Their replacement with three new transformers, all installed with noise enclosures.

 

This project will deliver more operational flexibility and improve network security at Beauly 132kV substation. 

 

 Project Considerations

 

Site Options 

A site options assessment is currently being undertaken, with four potential sites currently under consideration. All potential site options for the new 132kV GIS substation need to be in close proximity to the existing substation at Beauly due to electrical engineering considerations, notably the need to ensure that existing cable connections do not need lengthy deviations, which would be expensive, disruptive and time consuming. 

Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) Building 

Outline design is underway, but based on initial engineering designs, the new 132kV GIS building is likely to be around 60m in in length and 20m in width, and with a height of around 12m. 

Noise

We will be working with specialist noise consultants who will provide advice and expertise as the design develops, particularly with respect to the noise enclosures to be installed around new transformers.  

 Environmental

We will be undertaking ecology surveys in the near future to understand whether any European Protected Species could be potentially affected by the proposed works, and to gain an understanding of any opportunities to improve biodiversity at the site. 

 

 

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.

Whilst we are unable to hold public consultation events or meetings at this time, we will be seeking to engage with the local community through other means, to both introduce the project and ensure that local residents have the opportunity to provide feedback at an early stage in the development.

We are currently investigating the utilisation of software to facilitate discussions with local stakeholders and will soon offer interactive meetings to discuss the site options which are currently being investigated.

 

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