SP Energy Networks (SPEN) is required under its license obligations to provide a 33 kV overhead line (OHL) grid connection from the proposed Hare Craig Wind Farm to the proposed Redshaw Substation in South Lanarkshire.
SP Transmission plc (SPT) on behalf of SPEN, operates and maintains the transmission network as the transmission licence holder for the area. SPT is obligated under Section 9 of The Electricity Act 1989 to:
- Develop and maintain an efficient, co-ordinated and economical system of electricity transmission.
- Facilitate competition in the generation and supply of electricity.
SPT is obliged to provide a connection to the existing network for the wind farm. The Hare Craig Wind Farm grid connection is proposed to be developed in the Douglas Valley to the north-east of the settlement of Muirkirk, East Ayrshire and the grid connection extending to the east to the proposed Redshaw Substation between the M74 and the B7078 in South Lanarkshire.
The project is currently at the routeing stage and, as such, SPEN has prepared a Routeing and Consultation Document (RCD) for the connection which includes a strategic review of environmental, technical and economic considerations and the application of established routeing principles to identify the ‘preferred route’ for the proposed overhead lines.
We are now seeking feedback on the preferred route and the route selection process which has been undertaken to date.
Documents for download
Hare Craig Routeing and Consultation Document
EMF Guidance Document
Hard Copies of the RCD will be made available at the following location:
St Brides Centre, Douglas ML11 0PT
Work is now ongoing to refine the final alignment for the grid connection.
Should you wish to make comments or have any questions, please contact us via email at:
or by writing to:
Hare Craig Connection Project Manager,
Land and Planning,
SP Energy Networks,
55 Fullarton Drive,
Please note that comments made at this stage are NOT representations to the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit.