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News Release – 10 July 2019

SP Energy Networks Publishes Third Consultation Feedback Report on Proposed Kendoon to Tongland 132kV Reinforcement Project

Following the third round of public consultation on the Kendoon to Tongland Reinforcement  Project, which ended in February 2018, SP Energy Networks (SPEN) has now published its Consultation Feedback report, which shows how people’s views have helped to shape our plans.

SPEN would like to thank everyone who submitted feedback on our proposals to replace part of the electricity network in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Kendoon to Tongland 132kV Reinforcement Project aims to modernise the electricity network between Kendoon and Tongland, making it more resilient for homes and businesses. The existing 132,000 volt (132kV) system is coming towards the end of its operational life.

The consultation report presents the feedback received from the consultation on proposed route alignments for the new 132kV infrastructure, including potential locations for steel towers and wood poles, construction accesses and working areas.

The report includes SPEN’s responses to the issues raised and how these have been taken into account in SPEN’s decision-making process. Copies of the Feedback Report and all other project documents relating to the third round (and previous rounds) of consultation are available to view on the project website 

SPEN is now carrying out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of our revised proposals. The EIAS will also consider the conclusions of the ongoing undergrounding study, details of which can be found on our project website.

Our EIA Report will be submitted to the Scottish Government along with our Section 37 consent applications for the project, which we anticipate will be later this year.

After applications are made, the Scottish Government will, on behalf of Scottish Ministers, conduct an additional formal statutory consultation process during which people will be encouraged to make comments directly to the Government.

Subject to final approval by the Scottish Government, SP Energy Networks hopes to have the new system in use by 2023/4.


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