The developers of Tralorg Wind Farm have requested a connection which will allow the clean energy generated to be transported into the transmission network.
‘Proposal to install and keep installed a 33kV, 9.4km long wood pole overhead line with ancillary 5.2km long underground cable and temporary access track, to connect Tralorg wind farm to Mark Hill substation.'
SP Energy Networks is proposing to construct and operate a new 33 kV wood pole overhead line (OHL) in conjunction with a section of underground cable, to connect the consented Tralorg wind farm to grid substation at Mark Hill, north of Barrhill in South Ayrshire (hereafter, ‘the proposed development’).
Above: Single pole overhead line
Above: H pole overhead line.
The location of the proposed development, including the location of the consented Tralorg wind farm and the Mark Hill substation, is shown on location plan below. SP Energy Networks, as the transmission license holder in southern Scotland, will obtain any necessary consents and land rights to install and operate the grid connection.
In terms of its licence for the transmission of electricity, SP Energy Networks is obliged by law to develop and maintain an efficient, co-ordinated and economic system of electricity transmission and to facilitate competition in the supply and generation of electricity.
SP Energy Networks is also responsible for developing the transmission system and connecting new demand and generation to the grid network in accordance with the GB Security and Quality of Supply Standards. The Environmental Appraisal provides information to support an application for consent under section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989, and deemed consent under section 57(2) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, as amended, for the OHL section of the proposed development. The underground cable is considered to be ancillary development to that proposed in the application for consent under section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989.
In addition, environmental information is also provided in order to meet the applicant’s obligations to preserve amenity and mitigate environmental effects under Schedule 9 of the Electricity Act 1989.
The S.37 application will be submitted to the Energy Consents Unit at the Scottish Government in December 2018 for a decision. Any comments you may have can be sent directly to the Energy Consents Unit, who will also be undertaking formal consultation for this application. The Energy Consents Unit can be contacted at the following address:
Energy Consents Unit
5 Atlantic Quay
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