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.
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.
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.