Project Type: Transmission reinforcement
Location: Highland

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Louise Anderson
Title: Community Liaison Manager
Telephone: 07384 454233
Address: Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ

Land Manager

Jennifer Jeffrey
Title: Senior Land Manager
Mobile: 07436 493823
Address: Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ
Status: Project assessment

Public Consultation Feedback

Following the additional virtual consultations the project team held on 10 and 11 January due to the cancellation of the planned in person events in Laggan and Fort Augustus. SSEN Transmission would like to thank all those who took the time to visit our virtual online consultation room and submitted questions to the team via the live instant message chat function.

The virtual consultation room will remain open via the link below until the feedback period closes on 28 January.

 

All the content on display in the virtual consultation room is available to be downloaded from the project documentation section of this website.

 

 

About the project

This project is needed to connect the Glenshero, Cloiche and Dell wind farms into the existing Melgarve 400/132kV substation to enable export of the electricity from these wind farms into the SSEN Transmission system.

This will involve the following elements of work which have been collectively termed as The Melgarve Cluster:

Glenshero Wind Farm Connection

  • Install 5.5km of underground cable, following the same route of the existing cable circuit connecting Stronelarig wind farm and Melgarve substation.

Cloiche Wind Farm Connection

  • Design and construct approximately 11km of new 132kV overhead line.

Dell Wind Farm Connection

  • Design and construct approximately 16km of new 132kV overhead line.

Melgarve Substation Extension

  • To enable the connection of the new wind farms, additional work will be required at Melgarve substation to accommodate them. This will require an extension to the Melgarve substation by Summer 2025..  

Project Need

As part of its statutory and transmission licence obligations, SSEN Transmission has several duties including:

 

 

  • To facilitate competition in the supply and generation of electricity,
  • The development and maintenance of an efficient, coordinated and economical system of electricity transmission, and
  • Plan the network in accordance with the National Electricity Transmission System Security and Quality of Supply Standard (NETS SQSS) to ensure that the security of the network is maintained as the demand and/or generation connections change over time.

The NETS SQSS provides the criteria that SSEN Transmission must use to plan and design the transmission system. The defined criteria ensure the security of the Main Interconnected Transmission System (MITS) within which power transfers may be in varying directions at differing levels of demand and generation output.

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.

The data in this map is provided for indicative purposes only and may be subject to change. SSEN Transmission do not accept responsibility for its accuracy, completeness or validity. The data should not be copied, reproduced or utilised externally without permission.

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 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. 

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.

Public Consultation Feedback

Following the additional virtual consultations the project team held on 10 and 11 January due to the cancellation of the planned in person events in Laggan and Fort Augustus. SSEN Transmission would like to thank all those who took the time to visit our virtual online consultation room and submitted questions to the team via the live instant message chat function. The virtual consultation room will remain open via the link on the project overview page until the feedback period closes on 28 January.

January 2022 Virtual Consultations

Following previous correspondence advertising upcoming face to face public consultations on 10 and 11 January 2022 in Fort Augustus and Laggan to gain views and feedback on our proposals to connect the Glenshero, Cloich and Dell wind farms into the existing Melgarve 400/132kV substation to enable export of the electricity from these wind farms into the SSEN Transmission system, we have made the difficult decision to cancel these in person events due to the ever increasing COVID-19 levels. We are disappointed that we have had to cancel, however our top priority is the safety of the residents and communities of Fort Augustus and Laggan. We hope you understand that unfortunately there is no safe way to go ahead with these events in person at this time. In order to still provide an opportunity for all interested parties to share their views with us, we will now hold further virtual consultations. To access the virtual consultation portal, please click on the below link and scroll down
Access the virtual consultation portal

Virtual Consultations

We would like to extend thanks to all members of the public and interested parties who were able to visit our virtual online consultation on 8 December 2021. We hope you found the material presented in the virtual room informative and beneficial. If you were unable to join the virtual consultation sessions, the face to face public consultations are to be held on 10 and 11 January 2022, and all the information on our proposals can be downloaded from 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 on these current proposals is open until 28 January 2022. To access a feedback form and for more information on the January events please visit the project overview section of this website via the link below.
Project overview

Consultation Document

You can find the Melgarve Cluster consultation document in the "Project Documentation" section of this website, titled 'Consultation Document - November 2021’. The consultation document and figures provide a summary of the route choices considered during the design process which has been carried out to date. The route choices we have considered are included, along with the reasons for our choice of preferred routes. We will be seeking feedback from the members of the public and Statutory Bodies until 28 January 2022

Public Consultations

The public consultations that SSEN Transmission postponed earlier in November have now been re-arranged. We are hosting both face to face public consultations along with a virtual online consultation exhibition to gain views and feedback on our proposals to connect the Glenshero, Cloich and Dell wind farms into the existing Melgarve 400/132kV substation to enable export of the electricity from these wind farms into the SSEN Transmission system. To allow for the festive period the consultations will be held both in December and January to ensure sufficient time for all interested parties to be able to join one of our consultation sessions and provide feedback. To find out dates and venues please click on the link below.
Public consultation information

Public consultation events postponed

SSEN Transmission has postponed our planned engagement events for the Melgarve Cluster. The events that were scheduled to take place in Laggan on 23 November and Fort Augustus on 24 November will not go ahead. We would like to apologise for the postponement of our consultation events and will be in touch with information once they have been rearranged.

November 2021 public consultations

SSEN Transmission are hosting both face to face public consultations along with a virtual online consultation exhibition to gain views and feedback on our proposals to connect the Glenshero, Cloich and Dell wind farms into the existing Melgarve 400/132kV substation to enable export of the electricity from these wind farms into the SSEN Transmission system. We would encourage members of the local communities and all interested parties to attend the events. The open-door drop-in face to face consultations will be held across 23 and 24 November, to find out more please see the project overview page via the link below.
Public consultation information

December 2021 / January 2022 A4 Public Consultation Booklet

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File Type: pdf
Published: 20 Oct 2021
Preferred Route Plan

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File Type: pdf
Published: 09 Dec 2021
Route Options Plan

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File Type: pdf
Published: 09 Dec 2021
Environmental Setting

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File Type: pdf
Published: 09 Dec 2021
Melgarve Substation Transformer Installation Site Layout

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File Type: pdf
Published: 09 Dec 2021
January 2022 Public Consultation Information Poster

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File Type: pdf
Published: 02 Dec 2021
December 2021 Virtual Consultation Information Poster

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File Type: pdf
Published: 20 Oct 2021
Consultation Document - November 2021

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File Type: pdf
Published: 30 Oct 2021

Feedback

Melgarve Cluster December 21 / January 22 Feedback Form

Melgarve Cluster December 21 / January 22 Feedback Form

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