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We have been served with a noise abatement notice by the Highland Council in relation to the Wester Balblair substation near Beauly.
Our Director of Transmission talks about the first section of the Beauly-Denny 400kV power line being energised.
Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission owns and maintains the 132kV and 275kV electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland, in some of the UK's most challenging terrain.
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Replacing the Beauly to Denny line is a complex project. To help us communicate as well as possible with people interested in its progress, and to manage the replacement work effectively, the project has been divided into four sections, one of which belongs to Scottish Power.
Increased activity may be noticed throughout project locations as progress is made during 2013. A notable milestone will be achieved in 2013 seeing the completion of the Beauly and Fort Augustus section before Autumn 2013.
Scottish Hydro Electric (SHE) Transmission plc, a subsidiary of SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy plc), has completed its initial analysis of the conditions associated with the consents granted by Scottish Ministers on 6 January 2010 to install a 400kV overhead electricity transmission line to replace an existing 132kV overhead transmission line between Beauly and Denny.Ministers stated on 6 January that they agreed with the Beauly-Denny public inquiry reporters' recognition of the 'pressing need' to reinforce the electricity network. They also stated on 20 January that, subject to SHE Transmission's and SP Transmission's proposals, they do not anticipate any additional delays to the upgrade as a result of the conditions. SHE Tranmission has concluded it should be able to undertake preliminary construction works this year, with a further four summers of construction work required to complete the new line.Conditions associated with the consents to build the new line include the requirement to remove a total of 109km of existing overhead transmission line, supported by pylons, in the Highland and Perth and Kinross areas, in addition to the existing 220km Beauly-Denny overhead line being removed. This means:
Regulatory construction cost allowances are in place to allow investment in preliminary construction works of over £50m in this financial year. Substantive progress is being made in satisfying those conditions associated with Scottish Ministers' consent to replace the line which apply to the SSE section (Beauly to Wharry Burn) and, if this is maintained, preliminary construction works should take place in the current financial year.
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