Project Type: VISTA
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

Alistair Nicolson
Title: Land Manager
Mobile: 07741 127786
Address: 10 Henderson Road, Longman Industrial Estate, Inverness, IV1 1SN
Status: Construction Phase

About the Project

 

To play a part in conserving Scotland’s designated landscapes, SHE Transmission sought to access a proportion of a £500m fund that is administered by the electricity industry regulator Ofgem. The Ofgem fund is only available to mitigate the visual impacts of transmission infrastructure in National Parks and National Scenic Areas (NSAs). SHE Transmission identified the Cairngorms National Park as an area where mitigation of the visualisation of transmission infrastructure was warranted.

SHE Transmission’s two Cairngorms National Park schemes would see 12km of overhead line (OHL) and 46 existing transmission towers near the villages of Boat of Garten and Nethy Bridge replaced with underground cabling.

As part of the SHE Transmission’s VISTA (Visual Impact of Scottish Transmission Assets) initiative, we will be installing a 132kV twin cable section of the existing 132kV double overhead line (OHL) circuit between Beauly and Boat of Garten 

What is VISTA?

The electricity and gas markets regulator, Ofgem, is responsible for administering a £500m fund for GB electricity transmission owners to mitigate the impact of existing electricity infrastructure on the visual amenity of nationally designated landscapes. This is part of the RIIO-T1 Price Controls that incentives and regulates how transmission owners operate, covering the eight year period from April 2013 to March 2021.

The primary objective of VISTA is to use the Ofgem funding to deliver the maximum benefit for nationally designated landscapes in the north of Scotland transmission network. This will be achieved by delivering projects that offer significant reductions in visual impact, while avoiding unwanted economic and environmental impacts.

Boat of Garten

The Boat of Garten section will look to remove overhead line infrastructure north of Boat of Garten by installing underground cables in place of the current 132kV overhead line.  The exact length of underground cable will be approximately 4km between Docharn and the substation east of Boat of Garten.  The project will require the identification of a cable route and sites for sealing-ends where the line will pass from overhead to underground, in the vicinity of Docharn.

Nethy Bridge

The Nethy Bridge section will look to remove overhead line infrastructure to the north of Nethey bridge by installing underground cables in place of the current 132kV overhead line.  The exact length of the underground cable is likely to extend approximately 7km between the substation east of Boat of Garten to the edge of the forestry near Castle Roy, north east of Nethy Bridge.  The project will require the identification of a cable route and sites for sealing ends to the east where the line will pass from overhead to underground.

Our Approach

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. Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc do not accept responsibility for its accuracy, completeness or validity. The data should not be copied, reproduced or utilised externally without permission.

Can funding for projects be asked for on a per kilometre basis relative to the length of line within each Transmission Operators region?

Ofgem have made no link between the proportion of assets within National Parks and National Scenic Areas (NSA’s) within each Transmission Operator’s operational area, and the amount of funding available to them.

Can alternative tower designs be used as a potential mitigation method?

All financially and technically feasible mitigation options that fall within the scope of our Vista policy are open for consideration for project development.

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.

Road Closures

There will be various road closures in both the Boat of Garten and Nethy Bridge area between the 15th of July and the 28th of August. Maps of each of the closures and diversions can be downloaded from the project documentation tab.

Boat of Garten Programme of Works

The programme of works for the Docharn to Boat of Garten section from now until the end of 2020 will consist of: Compound Residency • July 2019 – December 2020. Cable Route Fencing & Access Works • May – July 2019. Trench and Duct Installation • July – November 2019. Cable Installation • July 2019 – April 2020. Reinstatement and Dismantling of OHL • January – May 2020. These dates may change and if there are any significant changes that will impact local residents, we will write to those affected. The activity will not be everyday within the stipulated window periods, but the dates provided highlights periods of time where there will be activity in the area.

Site Compound Set Up

Our Principal Contractor; Morgan Sindall have begun setting up their site compound in order to commence the start of construction on the Boat of Garten to Nethy Bridge VISTA project. The site will be situated at Mains of Garten off of the B970.

19th - 28th August A95 to the east of the junction with Carrbridge – single lane closure under 2 way traffic lights

Related Projects: VISTA - Boat of Garten to Nethy Bridge

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Published: 19 Aug 2019
19th - 28th August A95 to the east of the junction with Carrbridge – single lane closure under 2 way traffic lights

Related Projects: VISTA - Boat of Garten to Nethy Bridge

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Published: 19 Aug 2019
22nd July - 26th July Deshar Road, Road Closure

Related Projects: VISTA - Boat of Garten to Nethy Bridge

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Published: 04 Jul 2019
15th - 19th July Sawmills Road, Road Closure

Related Projects: VISTA - Boat of Garten to Nethy Bridge

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Published: 04 Jul 2019

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