Project Type: Transmission reinforcement
Location: Argyll & Bute

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Helen Batey
Title: Community Liaison Manager
Mobile: 07778453993
Address: 1 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 6AY

Land Manager

Grace Campbell
Title: Land Manager
Address: Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Plc
Inveralmond House
200 Dunkeld Road
Perth
PH1 3AQ
Status: Early Development

About the project

The overall aim of the project is to reinforce the existing transmission network connections in the Argyll region, to enable renewable energy projects to connect to the GB transmission network and to ensure security of supply.

The existing transmission network for Argyll was originally designed to serve a rural area with low demand for electricity. Requests from renewable generation developers to connect to the network in this area exceed the current capacity of the existing transmission network, meaning a new transmission circuit is required to meet demand from generation developers and ensure security of supply.

We have been consulting locally on this project (formerly referred to as the North Argyll Project) since March 2016.

The original proposals consisted of a new 275/132kV substation (Creag Dhubh) near to the existing Inveraray to Taynuilt 132kV overhead line, with a new 275kV overhead line circuit between the proposed Creag Dhubh substation and the existing Dalmally Switching Station.

We presented our preferred overhead alignment from Creag Dhubh substation to the existing Dalmally Switching Station during a consultation event in March 2018.

In recognition of the feedback received (and in combination with previous comments dating back to 2016), we committed to explore underground cable options and assess the potential for alternative overhead line options that would avoid crossing the Strath of Orchy. In September 2020, a consultation relating to the three options was launched to seek stakeholder views regarding the three options considered for the project.

Based on the feedback received through its consultation, in particular from statutory stakeholders, our preferred option has been identified as number three.  This option addresses a number of concerns that local community members had raised about the visual and cumulative impacts of connecting to the existing network infrastructure in Dalmally.  It also avoids the significant environmental challenges associated with the undergrounding option, which presented a significant risk of pollution to Loch Awe, due to the risk of local watercourses flooding in the area.

We will now carry out detailed engineering and environmental studies to help establish a preferred route which we will consulted on in Spring 2021.

The Creag Dhubh–Dalmally project is part of a wider strategy to upgrade the main transmission network across Argyll to 275kW to support the growth in renewables across the region and the transition to net zero emissions, supporting UK and Scottish Government climate change targets.  To help inform the Argyll community and other stakeholders of this wider strategy, SSEN Transmission intends to host a regional stakeholder event before the end of the financial year to present its future plans.

September 2020 Virtual Consultation

At the beggining of September, SSEN Transmission launched a Virtual Consultation Exhibition, to gain views and feedback on our proposals to reinforce the existing transmission network connections in the region, to enable renewable energy projects to connect to the GB transmission network and ensure security of supply. 

Our consultation has now closed and we would like to thank those who participated in our virtual consultation sessions on the 1st and 2nd September, visited our virtual platform and submitted their feedback to the project team. 

All information pertinent to the consultation is available to download from the 'Project documentation' tab, however the consultation platform is also available to view via this link.

Report on Consultation

Following analysis of the feedback recieved from stakeholders, we have now published our Report on Consultation, which includes details of our proposals, the consultation process, a summary of stakeholder consultation responses and SSEN Transmissions responses to consultation.

If you have any questions regarding the consultation or the report, please contact our Community Liaison Manager, Helen Batey.   

 

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Report on Consultation

We would like to thank all of those who took part in our recent public consultation for taking the time to complete a feedback form to share their thoughts on the 3 options presented for the Creag Dhubh to Dalmally 275kV Connection project. We have collated the feedback we have received from local stakeholders and statutory consultees via the virtual consultation events, feedback forms, emails, calls and meetings. We have now published the outcome of this feedback, in our report on consultation that can be viewed from the Project Documentation page. Based on the feedback received during consultation, in particular from statutory stakeholders, SSEN Transmission can confirm its preferred option is number three; an alternative overhead line connection location east of Dalmally and new switching station, avoiding the need to connect to the existing Dalmally substation. This option addresses a number of concerns that local community members had raised about the visual and cumulative impacts of connecting to the existing network infrastructure in the Strathy of Orchy. It also avoids the significant environmental challenges associated with the undergrounding option, which presented a significant risk of pollution to Loch Awe due to the risk of flooding of local watercourses in the area. Over winter we will carry out detailed assessments on option 3 and will seek to find a favourable alignment, taking into consideration the community feedback, environmental and construction challenges and the on-going maintenance of the line, once operational. During this time, we will continue to engage with local stakeholders and statutory consultees and seek feedback. Although the current consultation period is closed, we would still like to hear from anyone who is interested in finding out more about the project or would like to discuss the next stage of the development process.

Autumn 2019 - Project Update

Following on from our previous update confirming Balfour Beatty as our design contractor appointed to carry out further in-depth feasibility studies for the proposed North Argyll project, SHE Transmission can now confirm that Balfour Beatty have completed these studies which involved investigative ground survey works, engagement with supply chain specialists and provision of outline cable design parameters for potential routes from the vicinity of the Duncan Ban monument to Dalmally switching station where undergrounding is being explored. Now that the studies have been concluded, we are currently in the process of internal review, considering the outputs against engineering, environmental and economic criterium and conducting further analysis which is anticipated to be completed in the upcoming weeks.

Contractor Appointed for Feasability Works

We are pleased to confirm the appointment of our design contractor, Balfour Beatty, to carry out further in-depth feasibility studies for the proposed North Argyll Transmission Reinforcement. The initial focus will be to conduct further in-depth studies of the proposed cable alignment. This includes investigative ground survey works from the vicinity of the Duncan Ban monument to Dalmally switching station where undergrounding is being explored. The commitment to explore the feasibility of undergrounding follows feedback and consultation with local stakeholders on options for the proposed project’s design. We will also be progressing surveys and ground investigation works along the remaining section of the alignment to the proposed Creag Dhubh substation where it is progressing a proposed overhead solution.

July 2018 - Project Update

Following our most recent consultation events in March this year, we have been busy reviewing all feedback received from the community and other stakeholders, as we continue to take forward the North Argyll project. In early May, following the conclusion of the consultation, we issued a press release confirming our intention to further explore undergrounding in places of particular local sensitivity, where it can be demonstrated to be technically and environmentally feasible, as well as economic to GB bill payers who will ultimately pay for the proposed reinforcement through their electricity bills. We have recently been active in this area, carrying out further walkover surveys with our environmental consultant and internal engineers ahead of engaging a specialist design and build contractor to further develop these possibilities, focussing on the area between the road to the Duncan Ban monument and the Dalmally substation. We aim to conclude final technical solution proposals by quarter 1 of next year. Considering the above and the timescales required to complete this work, we have an amended timeline for the project, still retaining the required completion date of October 2023 but with a revised date for submission of a consent application in quarter one 2020. Whilst this will result in a more intense construction phase it will allow us to develop and consider the further design studies being undertaken. We have also been working to complete our Report on Consultation which we expect to publish on the project website within the next few weeks. The purpose of this report is to inform stakeholders of how comments made during the Alignment Consultation have been responded to by SHE Transmission, prior to a request to Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit for an EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) Scoping Opinion. Due to the main focus of the Alignment Consultation being the alignment of an overhead line, the Report on Consultation naturally references an overhead line solution. It is important to emphasise that underground cabling options are still being assessed and we have therefore not yet determined our proposed final solution. We will also shortly publish additional Frequently Asked Questions, providing answers to project specific questions posed to us during the consultation events. We remain committed to engaging openly and meaningfully with the local community, elected representatives and other stakeholders as we continue to take forward the project and would like to thank the community for their constructive engagement and feedback to date.

Further Underground Cable Feasability Study

In line with feedback recieved regarding the strong feeling in the Dalmally area about the potential for overhead transmission infrastructure, SSEN will be continuing to explore the feasability of undergrounding in areas of particular concern. To read more, please see the press release accessable via the following link: https://www.ssen-transmission.co.uk/news-views/articles/2018/5/ssen-to-take-forward-further-undergrounding-studies-following-feedback-received-during-north-argyll-consultation/

Consultation Deferment

Local community members may be aware that Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks had intended to hold public consultation events commencing from Monday 15th January 2018. Whilst the requirements for the reinforcements still exist, due to uncertainty surrounding key drivers we have decided to review the proposed delivery timescales. We have therefore taken the decision to defer the consultation events that were due to take place next week whilst we undertake this review. We anticipate that the events will be rescheduled for the next few months and will be sure to inform the community as soon as new dates are confirmed.

Document downloads

Report on Consultation Creag Dhubh to Dalmally 275kV Connection November 2020
File Type: pdf
Published: 06 Nov 2020
Option 1 Map - September 2020

Related Projects: Creag Dhubh - Dalmally 275kV Connection

File Type: pdf
Published: 28 Aug 2020
Option 2 Map - September 2020
File Type: pdf
Published: 28 Aug 2020
Option 3 Map - September 2020

Related Projects: Creag Dhubh - Dalmally 275kV Connection

File Type: pdf
Published: 28 Aug 2020
Project Overview Map (All Options) - September 2020
File Type: pdf
Published: 28 Aug 2020
Creag Dhubh to Dalmally 275kV Connection - Consultation Document 2020

Related Projects: Creag Dhubh - Dalmally 275kV Connection

File Type: pdf
Published: 31 Aug 2020
Virtual Consultation Boards - September 2020

Related Projects: Creag Dhubh - Dalmally 275kV Connection

File Type: pdf
Published: 28 Aug 2020
Creag Dhubh to Dalmally - Virtual Consultation Poster - Aug 2020
File Type: pdf
Published: 17 Aug 2020
Consultation Booklet - September 2020
File Type: pdf
Published: 17 Aug 2020
Consultation Booklet - March 2018
File Type: pdf
Published: 08 Jul 2020
Consultation Booklet - October 2016
File Type: pdf
Published: 08 Jul 2020
Consultation Booklet - March 2016
File Type: pdf
Published: 08 Jul 2020
Alignment Consultation Document - Creag Dhubh substation to Dalmally substation 275kV Overhead Line - 2018

Related Projects: Creag Dhubh - Dalmally 275kV Connection

File Type: pdf
Published: 01 Sep 2020
Virtual Consultation User Guide 2020
File Type: pdf
Published: 01 Sep 2020
Frequently Asked Questions - 2018
File Type: pdf
Published: 08 Jul 2020

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