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

Rod Andean
Title: Land Manager
Telephone: 07827047093
Status: Project assessment

About the project


Kintore substation is situated approximately 20km North West of Aberdeen and is a critical site on the Electricity Transmission Network. It acts as the connection hub for many other 275kV and 132kV sites in the North East and facilitates power transfer down the East Coast of Scotland. The 132kV equipment at Kintore is nearing the end of its operational life. Asset data and analysis has shown that the asset should be replaced, and this has been agreed by the energy regulator Ofgem. The replacement of the 132kV substation will provide a more flexible busbar configuration which will deliver a more robust and reliable 132kV network in the area. One of SSEN Transmission’s regulatory obligations is to ensure a safe and reliable network, to fulfil this it is necessary to upgrade the 132kV equipment at the Kintore site. This project outlines the works required to replace the 132kV equipment at Kintore substation. There is another separate project to construct a new 400kV substation to the east of the current substation at Kintore. This project was granted planning approval in July 2021 and construction for that project commenced in August 2021. This project has it's own designated website which can be accessed here: Kintore 400kV Substation


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.

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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 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.

Planning Application Submitted

We are delighted to confirm we have now submitted our planning application to Aberdeenshire Council regarding our proposal to erect an enclosed 132kV Gas Insulated Switchgear Substation in Leylodge. Should you wish to view our application in full and submit formal comment to the council, our application is available to be viewed via the Aberdeenshire Council planning portal, using reference APP/2022/0651 or by visiting the below link.

Closure of Feedback Period

The feedback period following the recent public consultation events held in October is now closed. All responses received will now be reviewed ahead of submission of a planning application.

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 on the 19th of October and to those that visited our virtual online consultation and submitted questions to the team via the live text chat function on the 20th of October. 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 22nd of November 2021.

Kintore 132kV Asset Replacement Project - Public Consultation Events

SSEN Transmission are hosting public consultation events to present our proposals for the replacement of the 132kV equipment at the existing Kintore substation. Events will be held both face to face along with a virtual online consultation exhibition and would like to invite all interested parties to attend in order for us to gain views and feedback on our proposals. A face to face public exhibition will take place on Tuesday the 19th of October at Kintore Public Hall 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 Wednesday the 20th of October between 1pm-3pm & 5-7pm.

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Kintore 132kV Asset Replacement Consultation Booklet - October 2021

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Kintore 132kV Asset Replacement Consultation Advert - October 2021

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