Project Type: Transmission reinforcement
Location: Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City, Angus

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Louise Anderson
Title: Community Liaison Manager
Telephone: 07384 454233
Address: Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ

Land Manager

Stuart Smart
Title: Land Manager
Mobile: 07385385700
Address: 200 Ashgrove Road West, Aberdeen, AB16 5NY
Status: Project assessment

Virtual Consultation Feedback

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 February 2021. We hope you found the exhibition informative and beneficial. 

If you were unable to join one of the events, all the content that was presented online can be found within the project documentation tab of this website.

The feedback period for comments and feedback on our proposals is open until the 12th March 2021.

About the Project

SSEN Transmission is proposing to upgrade the existing electricity transmission infrastructure across the North East and East Coast of Scotland to enable new connections to link to Great Britain’s transmission system, allowing the onward supply of power to centres of demand.

SSEN Transmission is developing a significant number of projects in the North East and East Coast of Scotland to strengthen the network serving the region and allow developers of onshore and offshore renewable electricity to connect.

A number of new renewable developers requesting connection in the North East of Scotland has triggered the need for an upgrade to the East Coast 132kV transmission network which currently runs between the Craigiebuckler/Tarland overhead line (OHL) Tee point (west of Aberdeen) and the Tealing substation (North of Dundee).

The East Coast 132kV OHL project comprises of the following elements:

  • A new 132kV double circuit OHL to replace the existing OHL from Brechin substation to Tealing substation.
  • Extension of the existing Brechin substation
  • The connection of the existing Fiddes 132/33kV substation into the existing 275kV or 400kV transmission network either via a new 275/33kV substation in the vicinity of Fiddes OR alternatively a new OHL from Fiddes 132/33kV substation to Fetteresso substation
  • Post construction, the removal of the existing 132kV OHL between Craigiebuckler/Tarland OHL Tee point and the Tealing substation

 

Why is the Project Required?

As part of its statutory and transmission licence obligations, SSEN Transmission has a number of duties including:

  • the development and maintenance of an efficient, coordinated and economical system of electricity transmission,
  • to facilitate competition in the supply and generation of electricity, and
  • to ensure that the security of the network is maintained as the demand and/or generation connections change over time.

SSEN Transmission has a licence obligation to invest in its existing assets to maintain network health and condition. SSEN Transmission also has a statutory duty under the Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002 to ensure that the electricity transmission network is fit for purpose.

Our 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 proposal and we want to understand what local people think about our plans.

We endeavour to take the time to discuss proposals with local community councils, encourage engagement from the wider community and listen to the feedback we receive.

We will do our best to answer any questions and address issues or concerns that are raised with us.

When our project progresses into construction, we will continue working closely with the local community to ensure that our work has as little impact on the lives of those living and working in the area and as many long term positive effects as possible.

The data in this map is provided for indicative purposes only and may be subject to change. Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc do not accept responsibility for its accuracy, completeness or validity. The data should not be copied, reproduced or utilised externally without permission.

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.

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. 

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.

Feedback Period 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 February 2021. We hope you found the exhibition informative and beneficial. If you were unable to join one of the events, all the content that was presented online can be found within the project documentation tab of this website. The feedback period for comments and feedback on our proposals is open until the 12th February 2021.
Feedback Form

Consultation Document

You can find the Brechin to Tealing 132kV overhead line consultation document in the "Project Documentation" section of this website. The associated figures are also available for download. The consultation document and figures provide a summary of the route choices considered during the design process which has been carried out to date. The route choices we have considered are included, along with the reasons for our choice of preferred route. We will be seeking feedback from the members of the public and Statutory Bodies until 12 March 2021.

February 2021 Virtual Consultation

We are taking forward plans to upgrade the East Coast 132kV Transmission Network which currently runs between the Craigiebuckler/Tarland overhead line (OHL) Tee point (west of Aberdeen) and the Tealing substation (North of Dundee). 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 events have been designed to be as interactive as face to face events, 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. To access the virtual consultation room, please follow the link on the project overview page.
Project overview

Brechin to Tealing 132kV OHL Consultation Document

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Figure 1 Corridor and Route Options

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Figure 2 Ecological Constraints

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Figure 3 Geology, Hydrology and Hydrogeology

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Figure 4 Cultural Heritage

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Figure 5 Landscape and Visual Constraints

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Figure 6 Landscape Character

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Figure 7 Landuse and Recreation

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Figure 8 Forestry

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Figure 9 Preferred Route

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February 2021 Virtual Consultation A4 Booklet

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February 2021 Virtual Consultation Banners

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Brechin - Tealing Preferred Route

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Proposed Brechin Substation Layout

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February 2021 Virtual Consultation Information

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Feedback

East Coast 132kV Upgrade Feedback Form -  February 2021

East Coast 132kV Upgrade Feedback Form - February 2021

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