Project Type: Transmission reinforcement
Location: Highland

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Ryan Davidson
Title: Community Liaison Manager
Telephone: 07901133919
Address: 1 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 6AY

Land Manager

Ali MacLeod
Title: Land Manager
Mobile: 07500 912996
Address: 10 Henderson Road, Inverness, IV1 1SN
Status: Project assessment

Consultation Period Closed

Following our public exhibition consultation event in Glengarry on 30th June, we invited community members and stakeholders to submit their feedback to the project team by 29th July 2022. The feedback period for this round of consultation is now closed.


What happens now?

The feedback will be collated into a report which will be published on this project web page and will be taken into consideration for the next phase of development. The next consultation event will include our response to your feedback and give further opportunity for you to scrutinise our proposals.

If you have any further questions about the project, please contact the Community Liaison Manager, Ryan Davidson by email:

Project overview 

The existing 132kV switching station at Quoich Tee contains obsolete equipment that has reached the end of its capabilities and it is no longer possible to obtain spare parts for some of the switchgear. This site forms a critical part of the electrical infrastructure supplying Skye and the Western Isles and a replacement is essential to ensure continuity of supplies and to allow for the connection of renewable generation on the route to net zero.

The small size of the existing site and the operational need to keep the site in service means that it is not possible to install new equipment in the current location while keeping customers on supply during the construction period. It is therefore necessary to construct a new switching station close to the existing site to allow an off-line build of the new equipment while keeping customers securely connected to the electricity network.


Scope of the project

Elements of the project scope consist of the following:

• Construction of a new switching station near the existing tee off.

• The installation of circuit breakers and replacement of the existing 132kV switchgear.

• The diversion of existing overhead lines to the new switching station.

• Permanent access to the site

Community 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. 

Public Consultation Events

We are hosting public consultation events for the project both in-person and virtually on Thursday 30th June from 2pm-7pm in the Glengarry Community Hall and then virtually on Tuesday 5th July 2022 from 4pm-7pm on the link:

Quoich Tee Switching Station Replacement Consultation Booklet

Related Projects: Quoich Tee Switching Station Replacement

File Type: pdf
Published: 23 Jun 2022

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