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SSEN begins third round of consultation events for new north-east power line

By David Porter

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SSEN Transmission will start a third series of public engagement events, including a dates in Huntly, Turriff and Keith to share feedback received in February and March.

A second series of statutory pre-application consultation events will also be held on proposed new substation developments.

SSEN Transmission is again inviting members of the public to share their views on the next phase of development for four transmission infrastructure schemes across the north of Scotland.

The projects form part of a GB-wide programme of network reinforcements.

Views are being sought for several proposed onshore 400kV electricity transmission schemes which include a series of new 400kV overhead lines, overhead line upgrades and new 400kV substations and HVDC converter stations: including Beauly – Blackhillock – New Deer – Peterhead; Spittal – Loch Buidhe – Beauly; and Beauly – Denny.

SSEN has published dates for its next round of consultations
SSEN has published dates for its next round of consultations

Sessions will take place at -

Maud - Monday May 20, 3pm-7pm Maud Village Hall.

Cuminestown - Tuesday 21, 2pm-7pm, Cuminestown hall, (PAC Greens).

Longside - Wednesday 22, 2pm-7pm, Longside Parish Church (PAC Netherton)

New Deer - Thursday 23, 2pm-7pm, New Deer Hall, (PAC Greens).

Turriff - Monday 27, 3pm-7pm, Baden Powell Centre.

Cairnie - Tuesday 28, 2pm-7pm, Cairnie Memorial Hall (PAC Coachford)

Huntly - Wednesday 29, 2pm-7pm, Stewarts Hall (PAC Coachford)

Keith - Thursday 30, 2pm-7pm, Longmore Hall (PAC Coachford)

Inchberry - Thursday, June 6, Inchberry Hall.

Rob McDonald, managing director of SSEN Transmission, said: “Our £20 billion programme will help unlock cleaner, more secure energy for homes and businesses for generations to come and is one of the biggest investment programmes that the north of Scotland has seen for decades.

“The upcoming round of public engagement and pre-application consultation events will be crucial in further informing the development of these critical national infrastructure projects in a way that balances the needs of all stakeholders, delivers a positive and lasting legacy, and unlocks the energy and economic potential of the north of Scotland.

“As a stakeholder-led business, the views shared at these events really matter and help to shape the development of our projects massively, as can be seen in the changes made to our proposals after the first two rounds of consultation in 2023 and earlier this year too. As ever, we’d really encourage anyone who has an interest in our projects to come along, find out about our plans and share their thoughts.”

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