Project Type: Transmission reinforcement
Location: Highland

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Lisa Marchi
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: Construction Phase

About the project

To find out more about the Fort Augustus substation reinforcement project, please click on the image where Lead Project Manager, Archie Munro, explains the purpose of the project.

Project Elements

The aim of the project is to reinforce the existing Fort Augustus substation through the installation of new buildings and equipment.

The project comprises of the following key elements:

  • Expansion of the existing substation footprint.
  • Construction of three new buildings that will house electrical switchgear.
  • The construction and connection of four new transformers and reactor units.
  • Construction of new, overhead aluminium structures (busbars) and underground connections within the expanded substation footprint; and
  • The relocation and removal of existing substation equipment.

Substation Visualisation

An indicative visualisation video of the Fort Augustus substation reinforcement

Why is the Project Required?

The requirement to reinforce the Fort Augustus substation has been triggered following an increased demand of electrical generators requesting to join the transmission network.

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.

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What will Stage 1 of the public road improvement works include?

Stage 1 will focus on Phases A and B as highlighted in the Stage 1 drawing. This work will be undertaken during March and April 2019 and is scheduled to last for approximately six weeks.


A drawing of the works can be accessed here 

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. 

Stage 1 of the works commencing on 08/04/19

Following a great deal of discussion and consultation with THC, we are now targeting a start date for our PRI works of 8th April 2019. THC Planning & Roads Departments have now confirmed that they are happy with our proposals and we are now working with our Contractor to ensure that all of the necessary preparations are in place to allow our works to proceed safely on the 8th. As previously communicated, we will be proceeding with the Stage1 / Stage 2 process with Stage 1 of the works commencing on 08/04/19 and these works will include Phase A & Phase B of the road works, together with the upgrade of most of the Passing Places along the Auchterawe Road. These works are expected to take approx. 12 weeks total. Stage 2 of the works will include the road resurfacing for Phases C, D, E & F and these are still scheduled to commence on 04/11/19. This Stage of the works is expected to take approx. 6 weeks. Many thanks for your patience in this matter and please rest assured that we will do our very best to minimise the impact that our works have on local residents.

Fort Augustus Information Videos

Ahead of the main construction phase of our Fort Augustus project starting next month, Archie Munro, our Project Manager and Lisa Marchi-Grey, the project’s Community Liasion Manager, have helped to create videos to allow interested parties to learn more about the project background, the work that will be taking place and the importance of good communication. All video's can be viewed at the following link or on SSEN's Vimeo page:

Public drop in for essential public road improvement works

We will be hosting a public drop in regarding essential public road improvement works at Jenkins Park and Auchterawe Road on Wednesday 20 February at Fort Augustus Village Hall Church Rd, Fort Augustus PH32 4DG. We will be seeking feedback from local residents regarding their timescale preferences and providing information on our plans and would encourage locals to attend our open-door event and meet the team.

Auchterawe Litter Pick

Colleagues from SHE Transmissions Community Liaison Team yesterday conducted a litter pick in the vicinity of the Fort Augustus Substation as part of their Be The Difference volunteering day. Despite the dusting of snow the team managed to fill their rubbish bags and the Fort Augustus construction team will head out after the snow has cleared to ensure all rubbish is effectively removed.

Proposal of Application Notice

SSEN Project Development Manager, Joyce Wilson, said: “We are developing proposals to reinforce the electricity transmission infrastructure in Fort Augustus substation. Following on from our consultation events last year, we have now submitted a Proposal of Application Notice to The Highland Council. We are hosting a further public consultation event on 19th July and would encourage all interested stakeholders to come along and provide their feedback before a full planning application is submitted.”

Document downloads

Fort Augustus works info for public meeting

Related Projects: Fort Augustus Substation Reinforcement

File Type: pdf
Published: 14 Feb 2019

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