Location: Argyll & Bute

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Kelly Scott
Title: Community Liaison Manager
Mobile: 07443 772 946
Address: Networks
1 Waterloo Street
G2 6AY

Land Manager

Kenneth Morton
Title: Land Manager
Telephone: 01463 728381
Address: 10 Henderson Road, Inverness, IV1 1SN
Status: Project assessment

About the project

In July 2016, Infinergy Limited submitted a transmission connection application for Ardtaraig Wind Farm near Dunoon, Argyll and Bute. The 32MW scheme is to be connected to the 33kV network at Dunoon 132kV/33kV GSP.

Network studies have concluded that the existing Overhead Lines required to connect the windfarm do not provide sufficient capacity to enable the proposed connection. Both lines therefore require to be reconductored with a higher capacity conductor.

The increase in conductor rating will be in conjunction with an upgrade in grid transformers (GT’s) at Dunoon GSP. As well as allowing for the connection of Ardtaraig wind farm this will provide additional capacity for any potential connections in the future. The OHL rating should not limit the rating of the proposed GTs. The completion of the works is scheduled for October 2021.

Why is the project required?

A requirement for the projects has been established following analysis of the existing network. We have a statutory obligation to make sure the electricity transmission network is capable of safely connecting and transmitting the energy produced by generators.

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 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.

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. 


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