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

Tony Gill
Title: Land Manager
Mobile: 07775 812900
Address: 200 Ashgrove Road West, Aberdeen, AB16 5NY
Status: Project Refinement

About The Project

The two 30MVA 132/11kV grid transformers at St Fergus Gas Station substation form an important part of the SHE-Transmission system. The existing Transformers were manufactured in 1975, now 43 years old. Design life of the transformers is 40 years; hence these units are past their intended design life expectancy.

In addition to age related concerns, the extreme coastal environment seen at St Fergus has also had an effect on the plant’s deterioration. A condition-based assessment has been carried out, which found the transformers to be in poor external condition with corrosion present.

Due to changes in specifications, it is not possible to install the replacement transformers in the same location as those currently in use, this is mainly due to the transformers now having to be housed inside a building given their location within 2Km of the north east coast and increased fire safety requirements

A site selection report was subsequently commissioned to identify the most suitable option based on operational, technical, economic and environmental assessments. Based on the information detailed in the report, we propose to locate the new 132/11kV St Fergus Gas substation to the west of St Fergus Gas Station and the adjacent A90.

What are Transformers?

Transformers allow us to increase and decrease the voltage of electricity when required, this allows delivery of electricity across the transmission network to be much more manageable and efficient.

Transformers vary in size, and in some cases, can require specialist haulage equipment to transport them to site. Our Community Liaison Team will work alongside all local communities that may be affected by the delivery of a Transformer to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum.

Section 37 Application

In October 2020 submitted an application to Scottish Ministers for consent under section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 relating to the over head line elements of our proposal. 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. Please see following link should you wish to view the documents contained within our Section 37 application in full please visit the following link

Planning Consent

Following a full Aberdeenshire council meeting on Thursday 5th March, SSEN have been granted permission to proceed with our proposed substation at St Fergus. We welcome this decision from Aberdeenshire Council and as a responsible developer, we will continue to engage with the local community before, during and after the construction of the substation, which is a critical piece of network infrastructure and will play an important part in the move to a low carbon economy. We intend to begin construction on site following discharge of conditions as set out by the councils planners and will ensure we keep all stakeholders informed of timelines associated with the project as and when they become available.

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 at St Fergus. 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 SSEN welcome all feedback on our proposals, please do not hesitate to contact Community Liaison Manager - Gary Donlin - should you wish to discuss our proposals in further detail The reference number for the application is APP/2019/2300

Feedback Period Open

SSEN would like to thank all who took the time to attend our recent consultation event in St Fergus. 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 St Fergus Substation. Our deadline for feedback following these events is on the 31st May 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

SSEN Consultation Event

SSEN will be visiting St Fergus on Thursday 16th May to discuss our proposals for a new Substation with members of the public and local stakeholders. We will be in St Fergus Village Hall, 11 Hall Road, St Fergus, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire AB41 3QD between 14:00 and 19:00. We would love to meet with as many members of the local community as possible to discuss our proposals in more detail and to hear your thoughts and feedback on these. If you have any questions or queries on our event then please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Community Liaison Manager, Gary Donlin at

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