‘Mile­stone’ for Caith­ness to Mo­ray en­ergy link

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - BUSINESS -

En­ergy firm Scot­tish and South­ern Elec­tric­ity Net­works (SSEN) has an­nounced an “im­por­tant mile­stone” in its £1.1bil­lion Caith­ness-Mo­ray un­der­sea link project.

The com­pany said new equip­ment in­stalled at its Doun­reay sub­sta­tion had been “suc­cess­fully en­er­gised” as part of re­in­force­ment work on power con­nec­tions in the area.

The work has en­abled the con­nec­tion of an up­graded over­head line run­ning from Doun­reay to Spit­tal, via a new sub­sta­tion near Thurso.

SSEN said the new over­head line was an im­por­tant el­e­ment of the over­all re­in­force­ment work it is car­ry­ing out to en­able power to flow to a con­verter sta­tion be­ing built at Spit­tal.

From there, it will be trans­mit­ted us­ing high volt­age di­rect cur­rent tech­nol­ogy to the coast and be­neath the Mo­ray Firth to Black­hillock, near Keith.

The com­pany’s lead project man­ager, Ian Clark, said: “The suc­cess­ful en­er­gi­sa­tion of the new el­e­ments of Doun­reay sub­sta­tion is an im­por­tant first step in the phased com­mis­sion­ing of the new trans­mis­sion line in Caith­ness, which will con­tinue over the com­ing months.

“Once the new over­head line and sub­sta­tions are play­ing their role in the net­work, our team will be able to be­gin re­mov­ing the old 132kilo­volt line be­tween Doun­reay, Thurso and Spit­tal.

“Our team will con­tinue to work closely with landown­ers to com­plete this work, as well as the re­moval of ac­cess tracks.”

He added: “It has taken a huge team ef­fort over the past two years with our con­trac­tor Bal­four Beatty to bring a very com­plex project to this im­por­tant mile­stone on sched­ule.”

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