Views sought on plans for 23km-long overhead electricity line to connect Elchies windfarm to grid
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PUBLIC views are being sought on plans to construct a 23km-long overhead electricity line to connect a Moray windfarm to the grid.
SSEN Transmission is seeking feedback from the local community and wider stakeholders on its advanced proposals to provide a connection from the 99MW Elchies windfarm development to Blackhillock, near Keith.
Consultation events were held in June last year.
As the electricity transmission network owner for the north of Scotland, SSEN Transmission is legally obliged to provide connections to electricity generators looking to connect to the electricity transmission network.
It is proposing to construct a new 23km-long 132kv single-circuit wood pole overhead line between the Elchies and Blackhillock substations.
SSEN Transmission is now seeking people's views on the preferred alignment and technology for the new connection.
Project manager Calum Grant said: "We would like to thank all those who responded to our consultation in June last year. The feedback received has helped to shape the alignment and technology selection we are now presenting.
"As a responsible developer, we are keen to continue to work closely with the local community to finalise plans for this new connection.
"We encourage anyone who has an interest in the project to come along to one of our face-to-face or virtual consultation events, meet the team and share their feedback in advance of submitting our Section 37 planning application next year."
The consultation events will be taking place at Boharm Public Hall in Mulben, from 2-7pm on September 28; The Grant Hall in Rothes, from 2-7pm on September 29; and a virtual exhibition will run between 1-3pm and 5-7pm on September 30.
To access the virtual consultation visit www.ssen-transmission.co.uk/projects/elchies-rothes-iii-wind-farm-grid-connection/.
Anyone unable to join one of the consultation events or access the virtual consultations who would like to find out more about the proposals should email Louise Anderson, community liaison manager, at Louise.Anderson@sse.com.