Green light for SSEN’s £488m Skye power line upgrade

SSEN’s £488 million proposal to upgrade power lines between Fort Augustus and the Isle of Skye has been given the green light. Ofgem approved the plans after ruling that “there is sufficient evidence of a clear needs case for the Skye project on the basis that there is the need for asset intervention and that new generation has shown enough progress to warrant adding additional capacity to the Skye circuit”. The plans include replacing the existing single 132kV overhead line (OHL) which spans across 160km between Fort Augustus on the mainland to Ardmore on the Isle of Skye.

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