ASH has been commissioned to carry out and co-ordinate the route selection and route alignment for the project in conjunction with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks.
The aim of the project is to increase electrical capacity in Skye in order to enable the connection of new renewable generation located in the north of the island whilst ensuring security of supply. An existing 132kV overhead line connects Fort Augustus and Skye, it consists of both steel tower and wood pole structures. The project proposes to increase the electrical capacity with an additional line.
The main elements of the project comprise:
- Construction of an additional, new 132kV overhead line using a double trident H wood pole from the existing Fort Augustus substation to the existing Broadford substation;
- Construction of a replacement, higher capacity, 132kV overhead line using a double trident H wood pole between the existing Broadford substation and the existing Edinbane substation;
- Installation of additional equipment and minor works on the 33kV network at the existing Broadford Substation;
- Installation of additional equipment and minor works at the existing Edinbane substation; and
- Dismantling and removal of the existing 132kV overhead line connecting Broadford and Edinbane substations.
Route options appraisal
Landscape and visual impact assessment
What we did
ASH was commissioned to carry out and co-ordinate the route selection and route alignment for the project in conjunction with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks. The study area comprises sensitive and physically challenging landscapes including the Cuillins on Skye, Glen Shiel, and areas of wild land.
This work involved a combination of desk-based and site appraisal works across a range of environmental topics including landscape and visual, ecology cultural heritage and technical inputs.
The route selection exercise has been completed, with the more detailed route alignment work to be carried out in 2017.
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