Project Type: Windfarm connection
Location: Argyll & Bute

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Caitlin Quinn
Title: Community Liaison Manager
Telephone: 07901 135 758
Address: 1 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 6AY

Land Manager

Jennifer Jeffrey
Title: Senior Land Manager
Mobile: 07436 493823
Address: Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ
Status: Project assessment

About the project

 

We are developing a project that will seek to connect Coriolis Energy and ESB's Blarghour Wind Farm to SSEN's Transmission network located in between Loch Awe and Loch Fyne in Argyll and Bute.

The 73.1 MW wind farm requires the installation of 10km single circuit 132kV overhead line (OHL) connecting from Blarghour substation into Creag Dhubh substation.

 

The proposed project would involve a new fully equipped 32kV feeder circuit bay, including all necessary protection and control, at Creag Dhubh substation 132kV busbar, and terminate the new circuit onto the new 132kV feeder bay.

 

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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 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. 

Our consultation period is now closed

We would like to thank all of those who took part in our recent public consultation and for taking the time to give feedback on the options presented for the Blarghour Wind Farm Connection Project. Our feedback period is now closed and we will be collating the feedback we have received from local stakeholders and statutory consultees via the in-person events, virtual consultation events, feedback forms, emails, calls and meetings and include this within our report on consultation which we will subsequently publish on the webpage.

Public Consultation Event 2022 Update

Thank you for taking the time to attend our in person and virtual consultation events this month. You are still able to give us feedback via phone, email or by filling out one of our feedback forms by clicking the link below., you can submit feedback until the 6th of June, thereafter our consultation period for this project will be closed.

Public Consultation Event 2022

SSEN Transmission welcomes members of the local community and all interested parties to our up coming face to face public consultations as well as our virtual online consultation exhibition to gain views and feedback on our proposals to connect the proposed Blarghour Wind Farm to the wider electricity network. The open-door drop-in face to face consultations will be held at the following dates and times: Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May from 2pm-7pm at the Loch Fyne Hotel, Inveraray. Our online live instant messaging chat sessions with the project team are organised for: Tuesday 24 May and Wednesday 25 of May from 5pm-7pm. To find out more and to complete an online feedback form, please visit the project overview page via the link below.
Project overview

Document Downloads

Blarghour Consultation Document

Related Projects: Blarghour Wind Farm Connection Project

File Type: pdf
Published: 11 May 2022
Argyll and Kintyre 275kV Stratgegy May 2022 Public Consultation Booklet

Related Projects: Argyll and Kintyre 275kV Strategy, Blarghour Wind Farm Connection Project, Creag Dhubh - Inveraray 275kV Overhead Line

File Type: pdf
Published: 08 May 2022

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