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