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 SSEN 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:
This project will deliver more operational flexibility and improve network security at Beauly 132kV substation.
SSEN Transmission has submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to The Highland Council pertaining to the proposed reinforcement of the existing 132kV substation at Beauly. The proposals fall within the category of national (major) development and require us to undertake statutory consultation with the community to inform proposals and understand key constraints and opportunities. In accordance with this, SSEN Transmission will be hosting an online virtual consultation to explain proposals for these reinforcement works which are being driven by the connection works required for the Loch Luichart Extension II wind farm and the need to replace ageing equipment at the substation to enable this connection to the grid. These proposals have been developed in recognition of the feedback received from the previous consultation in October 2020.
The approach to consultation for this Pre-Application Consultation process usually involves at least one face-to-face public event. Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, regulations have formalised the removal of face-to-face events and requires the replacement of consultation with the community and interested parties by alternative means. SSEN Transmission are committed to continuing quality engagement with all stakeholders as we all respond to these challenges.
The online virtual consultation took place on Thursday 25th March 2021.
The events were designed to be as interactive as face-to-face events, allowing for the presentation of key project information and plans. Visitors were able to engage directly with the project team during these sessions, via a live chat function where they asked questions and shared feedback on these proposals.
SSEN Transmission would like to thank local stakeholders, members of the public and interested parties for taking the time to provide feedback on our proposals for the Beauly 132kV Redevelopment project. The feedback period is now closed for submitting comments following the virtual consultation. The project team will now be reviewing these comments ahead of final design. Further consultation is planned for the Summer 2021.
Whilst the feedback period is now closed the materials containing project information used at the consultation can still be viewed.
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We have also created an interactive 3D portal to show visualisations including the adjacent fly-through video. This is intended to give stakeholders a good understanding of what these proposals look like. Please click here to access it.
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 ensure that local residents have the opportunity to provide feedback at an early stage in the development.
The project was initially introduced to the local community in October 2020 via a virtual consultation exhibition to provide greater detail about the project. Further virtual consultation will be carried out later this year.
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