October 28, 2008

SHETL Submits Applications to Develop Western Isles Electricity Connection

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Limited, a subsidiary of Scottish and Southern Energy, has submitted applications to the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the Highland Council, Scottish Ministers and other statutory authorities to develop an electricity transmission connection between the Western Isles and the northwest of Scotland.

In October 2004, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Limited (SHETL) asked for views on possible route corridors within which to develop a new high voltage electricity transmission line, to accommodate output from renewable energy schemes which were proposed on the Western Isles.

Following the preliminary consultation process, SHETL decided to undertake further environmental and technical work in respect of two possible route corridors.

SHETL gave a commitment in February 2005 to examine possible options for locating the new connection from either Ullapool to Beauly or from Melvich/Dounreay to Beauly and also to examine the possibilities for underground high-voltage, direct current transmission.

Andrew Robertson, Scottish and Southern Energy's project manager, said: "Over 700 organizations and individuals have participated in the voluntary public consultation process that we have undertaken. We believe that we have selected the optimum route for the connection including considering the issue of undergrounding."