Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission) is putting on hold its plans to reinforce the electricity transmission network between Beauly and Bonar Bridge.
This is due to changes in the amount of generation seeking to connect to the transmission network.
Under the proposals, known as the Beauly-Loch Buidhe project, SHE Transmission was planning to develop a new double circuit 275kV line between Wester Balblair substation, near Beauly, and Loch Buidhe substation, near Bonar Bridge.
Working with National Grid, which operates the transmission network in Great Britain, SHE Transmission has carried out a number of studies which have concluded that its planned reinforcement of the network is not required at this time.
In light of these assessments, SHE Transmission believes that it is right to postpone development of its current proposals pending further assessment. Public consultation events originally proposed to be held in early 2016 will now not take place.
SHE Transmission’s project Manager, Mark Baxter, said: “As the generation outlook has changed it is only right that we review our plans for reinforcing the network.
“We will continue to review the need and timing for a range of alternative reinforcement options and will continue to work with National Grid to identify the most economic proposals to advance. We remain committed to engaging with communities, landowners and statutory authorities on any potential developments at the earliest opportunity and would like to extend thanks to those who provided feedback on the Beauly – Loch Buidhe Project to date.”
SHE Transmission will now take time to consider alternatives including:
- Examining the existing and developing network to identify any available spare capacity;
- Potential to increase the capacity of the existing network by the use of higher capacity conductors;
- Consideration of new technologies such as high temperature conductors; and
- Review all options considered in the early development stages of the Beauly – Loch Buidhe project to gauge their potential effectiveness under the prevailing generation and demand background.