Project Type: Transmission reinforcement
Location: Argyll & Bute

Contact Details

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

About the project

 

The aim of the Dunoon Overhead Line Rebuild project is to replace the existing overhead transmission network line which connects Dunoon to the wider national grid.

The existing overhead line is supported by an old design suite of metal lattice towers (often referred to as pylons) which are coming toward the end of their operational life. 

Through studies looking at reconducting the line, we have established a requirement to rebuild the overhead line with different support structures to ensure security of supply.

During the rebuild of the replacement overhead line, we will still require to maintain supply to Dunoon, and so we will required to rebuild the overhead line on an alternative alignment to the existing. As such, we will require a new Section 37 consent from the Energy Consents Unit of the Scottish Government.

The double circuit 132kV overhead line crosses from Scottish Power Energy Networks licenced area to our operational area as it crosses Loch Long from Garelochhead. As part of the rebuild project, we are also proposing to reconductor (replace the wires which carry current on the line) this part of the line and maintain the existing towers at either side of the crossing.

Therefore the main project elements therefore are as follows:

  • Construction of a new 132kV overhead line from the existing Loch Long crossing to Dunoon Grid Supply Point, located near Sandbank
  • Reconductoring of the Loch Long crossing
  • Decommissioning/removal of the existing 132kV overhead line
  • Associated tie in works at Dunoon Substation will also be required

 

Virtual Consultation

In November 2020, we launched a Virtual Consultation Exhibition to gain views and feedback on our proposals to replace the existing overhead transmission line between Dunoon Substation and Garelochhead, which connects Dunoon to the wider national grid.

The virtual consultation exhibition was 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 were able to engage directly with the project team, via a live text chat function, where they could can ask any questions they might have about the project and share their feedback on the current proposals.

Please click on the following links to access all information relevant to the consultation: 

- Consultation Portal

- Information Booklet 

- Preliminary Preferred Route Map

- Routeing Options Map 

- Consultation Document 

If you require hard copies of any of our materials, please contact our Community Liaison Manager (details at the top of the page) by phone, email or telephone to request this. 

Our Approach

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.

This Autumn marks the beginning of our public consultation process for these works. We will present further information regarding our proposals and will do our best to answer any questions and address issues or concerns brought to our attention.

Further public consultation regarding our proposals will take place in 2021. 

 

Report on Consultation Published

This Report on Consultation documents the consultation process which has been undertaken for the project between November and December 2020. The programme of consultation was designed to engage with stakeholders including statutory and non-statutory consultees, local communities, landowners and individual residents in order to invite feedback on the rationale for and approach to, the selection of the Preferred Route

The consultation process has confirmed that a combination of Route Options A2, B2 and C1 should be taken forward as the Proposed Route, within which further study will seek to identify alignment options. It is recognised that the Preferred Route runs through a sensitive environment with challenging terrain. However, the Preferred Route has been selected on the basis that it is considered to provide an optimum balance of environmental, technical and economic factors, and will become the Proposed Route taken forward to the alignment stage of this project.

The project team are continuing to refine the project and will be consulting on Alignment Options later this year.

 

 

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. 

Report on Consultation

This Report on Consultation documents the consultation process which has been undertaken for the project between November and December 2020. The programme of consultation was designed to engage with stakeholders including statutory and non-statutory consultees, local communities, landowners and individual residents in order to invite feedback on the rationale for and approach to, the selection of the Preferred Route The consultation process has confirmed that a combination of Route Options A2, B2 and C1 should be taken forward as the Proposed Route, within which further study will seek to identify alignment options. It is recognised that the Preferred Route runs through a sensitive environment with challenging terrain. However, the Preferred Route has been selected on the basis that it is considered to provide an optimum balance of environmental, technical and economic factors, and will become the Proposed Route taken forward to the alignment stage of this project. The project team are continuing to refine the project and will be consulting on Alignment Options later this year.

Argyll and Bute Information Sharing Webinar

On Wednesday 17th March, SSEN Transmission hosted an Argyll and Bute Information Sharing Webinar, to provide local stakeholders with an interest in future electricity network plans for Argyll and Bute the chance to join us to hear about our stakeholder-led plans for the future and receive an update on the current construction and operation activities in the region. For those who were unable to attend, we have uploaded a recording of the session which you can view by clicking on the adjacent video.

Virtual Public Consultation

SSEN Transmission are launching a Virtual Consultation Exhibition to gain views and feedback on our proposals to replace the existing overhead transmission line between Dunoon Substation and Garelochhead, which connects Dunoon to the wider national grid. The virtual consultation exhibition 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 text chat function, where they can ask any questions they might have about the project and share their feedback on the current proposals. The team will be available for live chat sessions on: Tuesday 3rd November 2020 10am – 12.30pm 5pm – 7.30pm. A link to the virtual consultation portal will become available from this page on Monday 2nd November 2020. Through the portal you will be able to access all information relevant to the consultation and attend the live instant messaging sessions on the dates and times above.
A link to the portal will become available on 2nd November 2020

Project Document Downloads

Report on Consultation - Route Selection
File Type: pdf
Published: 27 Apr 2021
Preferred Route Map
File Type: pdf
Published: 27 Apr 2021
Argyll and Bute Information Sharing Webinar - March 21 - Slide Deck
File Type: pdf
Published: 18 Mar 2021
Consultation Information Booklet - November 2020

Related Projects: Dunoon

File Type: pdf
Published: 26 Oct 2020
Dunoon Overhead Line Rebuild - Routeing Consultation Document - Oct 2020
File Type: pdf
Published: 29 Oct 2020
Consultation Poster - October 2020
File Type: pdf
Published: 29 Oct 2020
Preliminary Preferred Route Map
File Type: pdf
Published: 02 Nov 2020
Routeing Options Map
File Type: pdf
Published: 02 Nov 2020

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