Project Type: Transmission reinforcement
Location: Aberdeenshire

Contact Details

Liaison Manager

Gary Donlin
Title: Community Liaison Manager
Mobile: 07384 624 777
Address: 1 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 6AY

Land Manager

George Leggat
Title: Land Manager
Mobile: 07785 474512
Status: Project Refinement

About the project

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), operating as Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc (SHET) under licence has plans to construct a new 400/275kV substation adjacent an existing transmission line, west of the Wood of Middleton approximately two miles west of village of Rothienorman. The substation was first granted planning permission in February 2012, however due to changing network requirements and to accommodate overhead line tie ins with the substation, there have been minor changes to the proposed site layout resulting in SSEN taking the decision to submit a new planning application taking account of these changes.

These works are required to allow increased generation capacity access to the transmission system, while keeping the network fully operable and compliant with all necessary technical standards. Without these necessary reinforcements, the network cannot facilitate all generation connections.

Establishing a substation at Rothienorman addresses this issue and in effect increases the networks efficiency and capability. Power sharing across these circuits becomes more important as generation load increases on the system.

 

3D Visualisation of the proposed substation

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. 

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 and to what extent are electricity consumers' interests considered?

We 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.

How are our 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.

Planning Application Submitted

SSEN would like to confirm that we have recently submitted our planning application to Aberdeenshire Council regarding our proposals to build a new Substation east of Rothienorman village. This application, which includes the results of various reports, surveys and feedback of local members of the community can be accessed at the following link https://upa.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application The reference number for the application is APP/2018/2175

Pre-Application Feedback Closed

SSEN would like to thank all who took the time to attend our recent pre application consultation event at Rothienorman Village Hall on 11.7.18. It was fantastic to see such a great turn out from members of the local community and to hear their thoughts and concerns on our proposal for the Rothienorman Substation Project. Our deadline for feedback following this event has now passed (27.7.18) and the project Community Liaison Manager will be discussing all submitted feedback with the project team over the coming weeks. Once we have done this we will be in touch with residents to provide a further update on the project, however in the meantime if you have any queries or issues then please do not hesitate to contact the project Community Liaison Manager, Gary Donlin, on 07384 798 101 or Gary.Donlin@sse.com

Project Documentation

Rothienorman Consultation Event Poster - 11th July 2018

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Published: 21 Jun 2018
Indicative Substation Layout Model

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Published: 04 Jul 2018
Substation Location Map (with existing overhead lines)

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Published: 04 Jul 2018
Rothienorman Consultation Event Information Boards

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Published: 04 Jul 2018
Viewpoint 2 - Baseline Photograph

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Published: 13 Jul 2018
Viewpoint 2 - Without landscape mitigation planting

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Published: 13 Jul 2018
Viewpoint 2 - With landscape mitigation planting

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Published: 13 Jul 2018
Viewpoint 1 - Baseline Photograph
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Published: 13 Jul 2018
Viewpoint 1 - Without landscape mitigation planting

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Published: 13 Jul 2018
Viewpoint 1 - With landscape mitigation planning

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Published: 13 Jul 2018
The Electricity Works - Test

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Published: 02 Aug 2018

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