Project Type: Transmission reinforcement
Location: Highland

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Lisa Marchi-Grey
Title: Community Liaison Manager
Telephone: 01463 728072
Mobile: 07825 015507
Address: 10 Henderson Road, Inverness, IV1 1SN

Land Manager

Ali MacLeod
Title: Land Manager
Mobile: 07500 912996
Address: 10 Henderson Road, Inverness, IV1 1SN
Status: Early Development

What is the Fort Augustus - Skye Project?

The aim of the project is to increase electrical capacity in Skye in order to enable the connection of new renewable generation located in the north of the island whilst also ensuring security of supply. There is an existing 132kV overhead line which connects Fort Augustus – Skye, it consists of both steel tower and wood pole structures. The project proposes to increase the electrical capacity  through implementation of an additional line.

The main elements of the project are as follows:

  • Construction of an additional, new 132kV overhead line using a double trident H wood pole from the existing Fort Augustus substation to the existing Broadford substation;
  • Construction of a replacement, higher capacity, 132kV overhead line using a double trident H wood pole between the existing Broadford substation and the existing Edinbane substation;
  • Installation of additional equipment and minor works on the 33kV network at the existing Broadford substation; and
  • Installation of additional equipment and minor works at the existing Edinbane substation.
  • Dismantle and remove the existing 132kV overhead line connecting Broadford and Edinbane substations


Why is the project required?

As the transmission licence holder in the north of Scotland we have a duty under Section 9 of the Electricity Act 1989 to facilitate competition in the generation and supply of electricity. We have obligations to offer non-discriminatory terms for connection to the transmission system, both for new generation and for new sources of electricity demand.
The aim of the project is to enable renewable energy to connect to our transmission network. Under our Network Operators Licence this connection should be efficient, co-ordinated and economic, whilst having the least possible impact on the environment.

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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.

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.

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. 

Have tourism interests been considered?

We are always careful to minimise any impact on tourist attractions and early consultation will assist in identifying any concerns.
We will also look carefully at what impact construction might have during key events in local areas with the aim of minimising any inconvenience. Any potential impact on tourism interests will be assessed through the Environmental Impact Assessment and will be documented in the Environmental Statements.

Are there any potential impacts on archaeology or cultural heritage?

Cultural heritage surveys will be conducted as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment process, to ensure that known archaeology is understood and assessed.  Any mitigation measures will be agreed with Historic Environment Scotland and local authority archaeological services for the Projects which will include what to do if any unknown archaeology is discovered during construction. The next stage of the Projects will include more detailed assessments of the setting for sensitive cultural heritage receptors. The outcome of the archaeology and cultural heritage surveys and assessment will be documented in the Environmental Statements. 

What impact will there be on agricultural land?

Assessment of effects on agriculture and land use, as well as further liaison with landowners, will be undertaken as part of the detailed route selection and subsequent Environmental Impact Assessment process, prior to a consent application being submitted. We seeks to work with landowners to ensure that disruption is minimised during construction.

How do I have my say?

Further rounds of consultation will be held once the route alignment has been identified and that consultation process will provide an opportunity to make representations and highlight concerns and these will be considered along with other comments. The consultation process will be widely advertised and events will be held along the route of the line.
Once an application for consent under Section 37 is submitted to the Scottish Government Local Energy and Consents, it will be advertised in the press and opportunities for submission of representations will be available at that time.

Will I get compensation if SHE Transmission plc infrastructure is on my land?

Compensation will be paid to landowners on whose land the line is to be erected on and that will be agreed on a case by case basis in line with statutory provisions.

Thank you

We would like to extend thanks to all members of the public who attended the information events held at Kyleakin on Monday 27 March and Invergarry on Tuesday 28 March. At the events, the team were given the opportunity to provide details on the development of the project and answer questions put forward by the local community ahead of further formal consultation intended to be held in summer this year.

Kyleakin/Kylerhea Information Meeting

We are holding an information event this month to discuss the proposals for the Fort Augustus – Skye project. Initial consultations were held in September 2016 and SSEN are keen to return to the Kyleakin/Kylerhea area to provide further information on the project and answer questions raised during the consultation period. Therefore we are inviting community members to attend our drop in session to find out more about the project and meet the team. The meeting will be held at; Kyleakin Village Hall, Monday 27th March 2017, 16:30 - 19:00

Invergarry Information Meeting

We are holding an information event this month to discuss the proposals for the Fort Augustus – Skye project. Although initial consultations were held in September 2016, many Invergarry residents were unaware of these events. We are keen to inform the local community about the project and are therefore inviting community members to attend our drop in session to find out more about the project and meet the team. The meeting will be held at; Glengarry Community Hall, Tuesday 28th March 2017, 16:30 - 19:00

Consultation complete

We would like to extend thanks to all members of the public who took the time to attend our public consultation events in September or contributed feedback towards the proposals. The initial set of events held in Fort Augustus, Glenelg, Broadford, Portree and Dunvegan between 20-28 September 2016 enabled our project team to both introduce the proposals and receive comment on the preferred route. The closing date for feedback was 11 November 2016 and all responses received are currently being reviewed ahead of further refinement.

Local People

Chris Mangnall
  • Title: Wayleaves Officer
  • Email:
  • Mobile: 07285 015239
  • Address: 10 Henderson Road, Inverness, IV1 1SN
Lisa Marchi-Grey
  • Title: Community Liaison Manager
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01463 728072
  • Mobile: 07825 015507
  • Address: 10 Henderson Road, Inverness, IV1 1SN
Ali MacLeod
  • Title: Land Manager
  • Email:
  • Mobile: 07500 912996
  • Address: 10 Henderson Road, Inverness, IV1 1SN

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