Project Type: Windfarm connection
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

Ritchie Hart
Title: Land Manager
Mobile: 07767 850851
Status: Project Refinement

Project Need

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.

To enable the connection of the Limekiln wind farm (if consented) to the transmission network, we are proposing to construct a new 132kV overhead line.


Under our Network Operators Licence, this connection should be efficient, co-ordinated and economic, whilst having the least possible impact on the environment.

Project Overview

The connection comprises of

  • a single circuit 132kV “H” pole arrangement
  • overhead line running over a distance of approximately 4 km in length between the existing Dounreay substation and the new proposed Limekiln
  • 132/33kV substation.
  • approximately 500 meters of the connection will be undergrounded, at the Dounreay substation to avoid existing transmission infrastructure(overhead lines).

The average height of the trident poles are between 13 and 15 meters with an average span of around 80 meters.

As the overhead line leaves the new proposed substation at Limekilns it will head east then northerly toward Dounreay and will cross both the B874 and A836. Traffic management will be required during construction and will be consulted on in due course. The 132kV line circuit will terminate at new 132kV switchgear to be installed inside the existing Dounreay substation.

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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.

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. 

Decision Letter - Limekiln wind farm grid connection

A copy of the Decision Letter - Limekiln wind farm grid connection can be seen in Project Documentation folder.

Limekiln wind farm connection Environmental Impact Assessment

On 6 April 2020 we submitted an application to Scottish Ministers for consent under Section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 for the grid connection for Limekiln wind farm. We have been working closely with the Energy Consents Unit to ensure that, during the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the UK and Scottish Governments, the application can be processed formally and in accordance with all relevant Regulations. We are also publishing the Environmental Impact Assessment on our own “Application” website for public viewing.
Find out more here

Decision Letter - Limekiln wind farm grid connection - 11 January 2022

Decision Letter - Limekiln wind farm grid connection - 11 January 2022

Related Projects: Limekiln wind farm connection

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Published: 13 Jan 2022

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