Project Type: Transmission reinforcement
Location: Aberdeenshire

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Dav Lynch
Title: Community Liaison Manager
Telephone: 07918 404443
Address: Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ

Land Manager

Stephen Bodie
Title: Land Manager
Mobile: 07876 836578
Address: Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ
Status: Early Development

About the Project

The Eastern HVDC Link project is a proposal to install a sub-sea high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable from Sandford Bay, at Peterhead, to Drax in England.

There is currently a large amount of forecasted generation that will require connection to the electricity network in the coming years and as such we are proposing several upgrades to the transmission network across the north of Scotland to facilitate this.  The Eastern HVDC Link will play a key role in helping achieve our Net-Zero targets.

Along with the installation of the sub-sea cable, we will also be required to construct a converter station as part of the project.  It is our current proposal to seek permission to place this converter station in Peterhead, adjacent to the existing power station, 275kV substation and recently consented 400kV substation.

Each year the electricity system operator (National Grid ESO) assesses all proposed network reinforcements across Great Britain and provides a recommendation on whether these proposals should proceed. This is called the Networks Options Assessment (NOA). The Eastern HVDC Link Project has been subject to “Proceed” signals from the Network Options Assessment in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 reports and as such we will now be proceeding with entering the formal planning and consultation phases of the project.

Project Partners

This project will be managed by three separate Transmission Operator's (TO) across Great Britain. SSEN Transmission for northern Scotland, Scottish Power Transmission plc (SPT) for the central belt and south of Scotland, and National Grid Electricity Transmission plc (National Grid) for England and Wales.

There are currently proposals for two Eastern HVDC Links, the responsibility of these projects is separated between SSEN Transmission, SPT and National Grid. The link between Peterhead and Drax will be jointly developed by SSEN Transmission and National Grid. The second Eastern HVDC Link will run from Torness to Hawthorn Pit and will be jointly developed by SPT and National Grid, should you have any questions regarding this project then please do get in touch and we can put you in contact with the relevant colleague from SPT or National Grid.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Closure of Feedback Period

The feedback period for providing comments following our consultation events that were held in April 2022 has now closed. The project team would like to extend thanks to all members of the public who took the time to provide feedback on our proposals. All responses received will now be reviewed ahead of the next stage of the project.

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 come along to our public consultation events that were held at Peterhead Football Club on the 6th of April and to those that visited our virtual online consultation and submitted questions to the team via the live text chat function on the 7th of April. We hope you found the consultations informative and beneficial. If you were unable to join any of the events, all the content that was presented on our proposals can be found within the project documentation tab of this website. We encourage those with an interest to share their views and feedback on our proposals by completing a feedback form. The feedback period is open until 21st of April 2022.

Public Consultation Events - April 2022

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission) and National Grid Energy Transmission (NGET) invite you to come and share your views with us. SHE Transmission and NGET, the prospective applicants, hereby give notice of our Pre-Application Consultation (PAC) events to be undertaken in advance of the submission to Marine Scotland of an application for Marine Licences for the installation of the Eastern Green Link 2 Marine Scheme in Scottish waters. The Marine Scheme includes approximately 440km of subsea High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) cables, fibre optic cable and associated cable protection from Mean High Water Springs at Sandford Bay, Peterhead to Fraisthorpe Sands, England. These events will focus on the elements of the Marine Scheme which are located in Scottish waters. SHE Transmission would like to extend an invitation to local members of the community and all interested parties to attend an exhibition to discuss our plans with the project team and let us know your thoughts on our proposals. A face to face public exhibition will take place on Wednesday 6th April 2022 at Peterhead Football Club between 2pm-7pm. This is an open door drop in session open to all members of the public and interested parties. A further two online consultation events will take place on Thursday 7th April between 1pm-3pm & 5-7pm. The online virtual consultation events have 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 an instant message function, where they can ask any questions they might have about the project and share their feedback on the current proposals. The link to the virtual consultation room will be available nearer the time on the project overview page.

February 2022 - Update

Preparation for ground investigation works has begun in the field north of the Peterhead substation development and along a route to the coastline, prior to the investigations themselves commencing Monday the 21st of February 2022. Work is expected to take approximately 6 weeks and will also see welfare cabins and vehicles occupied within the field. The purpose of this ground investigation is to establish the soil and rock conditions to support the design for the converter station and cable routes. Once this work is complete the cabins will be demobilised and removed from the site. Monitoring of ground water levels will continue over the coming weeks following the removal of the cabins. Please see the document download section of this website for a map detailing the area of the work. We do not anticipate this will cause disturbance to anyone within the local area, however please do not hesitate to contact the Community Liaison Manager (Dav Lynch - dav.s.lynch@sse.com ) if you have queries relating to these works.

Feedback Period Closed

The feedback period for providing comments following our virtual consultation events that we held on the 26th of August has now closed. The project team would like to extend thanks to all members of the public who took the time to provide feedback on our proposals. All responses received will now be reviewed.

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 consultation and submitted questions to the team via the live chat function on 26 August 2021. We hope you found the consultation 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 on our proposals is open until 24 September 2021.

Virtual Consultation Event - August 2021

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Transmission (SSEN Transmission), are holding a virtual consultation session to engage and share feedback on our proposals for the new convertor station site and provide further details on the Eastern HVDC link project. In addition, we will also be introducing our wider plans and works for the Peterhead area which are expected to be delivered over the coming years. The virtual consultation events have been designed to be as interactive as face to face events, allowing presentation of key project information and plans, as well as providing the 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 virtual consultation exhibition details are as follows: Thursday 26th August 2021, between 13:00 – 15:00 and 17:00 – 19:00 The link to the virtual consultation room will be available nearer the time on the project overview page.
Project overview

Feedback Period Closed

The feedback period for providing comments following our virtual consultation that we held on the 28th of October has now closed. The project team would like to extend thanks to all members of the public who took the time to provide feedback on our proposals. All responses received will now be reviewed.

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 28th of October 2020. We hope you found the exhibition informative and beneficial. The online virtual consultation room can still be accessed via a link on the project overview page of this website, and will remain open until the feedback period closes on the 6th of November 2020.

Virtual Consultation

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 and to re-introduce our proposals to the local community. The virtual consultation event 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 you can ask any questions you might have about the project and share your feedback on the current proposals. The interactive session will be hosted via a consultation portal, the link to which will be made available on the project overview page on this website on Tuesday 27th October.

Eastern Green Link 2 Marine Scheme - Consultation Booklet

Related Projects: Eastern HVDC Link

File Type: pdf
Published: 08 Apr 2022
Eastern HVDC Ground work map
File Type: pdf
Published: 15 Feb 2022
PAC Report - Eastern HVDC

Related Projects: Eastern HVDC Link

File Type: pdf
Published: 03 Dec 2021
Eastern HVDC Link Consultation Booklet October 2020

Related Projects: Eastern HVDC Link

File Type: pdf
Published: 04 Nov 2020
Eastern HVDC Consultation Booklet 2021

Related Projects: Eastern HVDC Link

File Type: pdf
Published: 22 Sep 2021

Sign up for project updates

To keep informed of all that is happening on this project, please complete your details below and provide consent to enable us to send you updates via email

For information on how we collect and process your data, please see our privacy notice at www.ssen.co.uk/PrivacyNotice/. If you do not have access to our website, or would like to receive a hard copy, please contact us.