Highland delays SSE grid decision
Councillors insist on further site visit before Tomatin substation vote
Highland Council has deferred a decision on an SSE transmission project necessary in part to accommodate wind generation in the area south of Inverness.
Members determined that a second site visit was required to address what some councillors considered a shortfall in relevant information about impacts from the application for a new substation at Tomatin south of Inverness.
Projects due to connect to the facility include Infinergy’s 39MW Tom nan Clach and Innogy’s 50MW Glen Kyllachy.
Highland was due to make a final determination on the substation application at a special meeting on Friday with planners recommending approval.
The substation will include gas-insulated switchgear in a 12-metre high building. No date was given for the follow-up site visit but it is expected to be next month.
Councillors also considered a separate application for an associated 275kV overhead line connecting the substation to Knocknagael near Inverness in a consultee role.
Works will in part replace an existing 132kV line serving RWE’s operational 92MW Farr wind farm. Scottish ministers will have the final say on the wire under Section 37 powers.
Image: electrical infrastructure will collect power from proposed and existing wind farms (reNEWS)