Project Type: Windfarm connection
Location: Highland

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Sally Cooper
Telephone: 07918 470281
Address: 10 Henderson Road, Inverness, IV1 1SN

Land Manager

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

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 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:

  • 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. 

 

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 ensure that local residents have the opportunity to provide feedback at an early stage in the development.

Our project team have been consulting with the local community and interested stakeholders on this proposed project and hosted virtual consultations in October 2020, March and June 2021. All feedback received from these and other community meetings is being considered and incorporated where possible into the final design plans, these will be submitted to The Highland Council around September 2021. 

 

 

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Who is Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks?

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks is the trading name of Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution Limited, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc and Southern Electric Power Distribution plc.

How are Transmission network upgrades paid for?

Investments in projects are made by SHE Transmission plc. Electricity transmission companies are authorised to recover the costs of such investments through 'use of system' charges which are levied by National Grid Electricity Transmission plc on generators and suppliers of electricity. Suppliers recover their costs from all electricity customers. In order to protect the interests of customers, the transmission companies have to demonstrate to the energy regulator, Ofgem (Office for Gas and Electricity Markets) that proposed investments are necessary, are efficient and are economical so that the charges which are ultimately levied on all electricity customers are justified.


This means SHE Transmission is subject to a funding mechanism established by Parliament and regulated by Ofgem. Cross subsidies between different businesses in the SSE group is not permitted.

How are proposals scrutinised?

The Scottish Ministers are responsible for determination of applications submitted under Section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989. Both statutory consultees and members of the public have the right to submit their representations on the application. All representations will be considered by Scottish Ministers in their determination of the application.
The Office for Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), as the regulator, has to approve all investment so project proposals are developed under license conditions.
Preferred route corridors chosen will comply with revised ‘Holford Rules’ which are the recognised industry approach to routeing overhead lines amended to reflect Scottish circumstances.

What are The Holford Rules?

The Holford Rules originated in 1959 as the result of work by Lord Holford, a part-time member of the Central Electricity Generating Board (National Grid's predecessor). The Holford Rules have been augmented by both National Grid and SHE Transmission plc to reflect environmental legislation and best practice in recent years. We have continued to use them as a valuable set of guidelines for reducing the impact of our assets on landscapes.
The guidance recommends appropriate application of the Holford Rules to inform routeing. These rules advocate the application of a hierarchical approach to routeing which first avoids major areas of highest amenity, then smaller areas of high amenity, and finally considers factors such as backdrop, woodland and orientation. The Holford Rules apply the term ‘amenity’ to refer to environmental designations and classifications such as Natura 2000 sites, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Scheduled Monuments, Listed Buildings, National Parks.
The guidance also recognises that the key effect of overhead lines is visual and it advises that the routeing of overhead lines should consider the types of mitigation (screening) that could offset any visual effects.
In their National Policy Statement EN-5, the Government has stated that the Holford Rules “should be followed by developers when designing their proposals.” Their use is therefore Government policy, rather than a voluntary choice of SHE Transmission plc.

How and to what extent are electricity consumers' interests considered?

SHE Transmission are regulated by the Office for Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), the regulator responsible for representing consumers' interests. Electricity consumer interests are therefore one of our key drivers and this is enshrined in our statutory duties under the Electricity Act.


In particular we have a statutory duty to develop, maintain and operate an efficient, economic and co-ordinated transmission system. Since the costs of these projects will ultimately be paid for by electricity consumers, we have a responsibility to take cost into account with due weighting in a comparison against other important factors.

What is the transmission network?

It’s the highest voltage electricity network in the UK – the ‘motorway network’ of the energy world. It transmits large quantities of electricity over long distances via wires carried on a system of mainly metal towers (pylons) and large substations. Transmission voltages in Scotland are 132kV, 275kV and 400kV. Larger generation schemes usually connect to the Transmission system.

The lower voltage parts of the system are called distribution networks. In Scotland, these local networks operate below 132kV whereas in England the distribution network includes 132kV. 

Planning Application

SSEN Transmission on 22 October 2021 submitted an application for planning permission under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended) to The Highland Council. We have been working closely with The Highland Council to ensure that, during the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the UK and Scottish Governments, the application can be processed formally and in accordance with all relevant Regulations. Please see the link below should you wish to view the documents contained within our planning application in full.
Planning application documents

June 2021 – Feedback Period Closed

SSEN Transmission would like to thank local stakeholders 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 which was held on June 22nd 2021. The project team will now be reviewing these comments ahead of final design. Planning submission is planned for mid-September after which comments can be made formally to The Highland Council.

June 2021 - Feedback Period Is Open

The project team would like to thank members of the public and interested parties who took the time to visit our virtual online exhibition on the 22nd June 2021 and hope you found it informative and beneficial. The feedback period for comments and feedback on these proposals is open until 7th July 2021.
Feedback Form

Clearance of paths for local walkers

SSEN Transmission were pleased to provide support to Kilmorack Community Council with the removal of badly overgrown scrub which obstructed both sides of the pathway from the A831 to the substation to enable walkers to continue their walks with safe and easy access.

April 2021 - Feedback Period Closed

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 which was held on March 25th 2021. The project team will now be reviewing these comments ahead of final design. Further consultation is planned for the Summer 2021.

March 2021 - Feedback Period Is Open

The project team would like to extend thanks to all members of the public and interested parties who took the time to visit our virtual online exhibition and submitted questions to the team via the live text chat function on the 25th of March 2021. We hope you found the exhibition informative and beneficial. The feedback period for comments and feedback on our proposals is open until the 9th April 2021
Feedback Form

Virtual Public Consultation

In lieu of being able to hold face to face public consultations in the local area, we are hosting a virtual consultation exhibition to provide greater detail about this project. The virtual consultation event has been designed to be fully interactive, allowing for presentation of key project information and plans, as well as providing an opportunity to ask questions about the project. Visitors will be able to engage directly with the project team, via a live chat function, where they can ask any questions they might have about the project and share their feedback on the current proposals. The interactive session will be hosted via a consultation portal, the link to which will be made available on this website on Monday 19th October. This portal will host all of the information pertinent to the public consultation, however members of the project team will be available for a live instant messaging session via this portal on: Tuesday 20th October 2020 16:00 – 19:00

Beauly Project Information booklet

Related Projects: Beauly 132kV Reinforcement Project

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Published: 10 Jun 2021
Beauly project overview flyer

Related Projects: Beauly 132kV Reinforcement Project

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Published: 10 Jun 2021
Beauly project poster - June

Related Projects: Beauly 132kV Reinforcement Project

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Published: 10 Jun 2021
site layout plan

Related Projects: Beauly 132kV Reinforcement Project

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Published: 10 Jun 2021
Site Red Line Boundary Map
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Published: 29 Mar 2021
Beauly Virtual Consultation - Poster - March 2021
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Published: 22 Mar 2021
Beauly 132kV Substation Redevelopment - Mar 21 Booklet
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Published: 22 Mar 2021
Beauly 132kV Substation Redevelopment - Information Booklet
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Published: 20 Oct 2020
Beauly 132kV Substation Redevelopment A4 Advert
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Published: 20 Oct 2020
Beauly Site Options - October 2020 Consultation
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Published: 20 Oct 2020
Beauly Site Options Detail - October 2020
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Published: 20 Oct 2020

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