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XS overhead line route - Major Refurbishment

XS overhead line runs between Kaimes and Cockenzie substations, passing through Smeaton substation en route.

At 275 kV, the line which was constructed several decades ago, has over 50 towers and is a crucial part of the transmission network in central and southern Scotland supporting the distribution of electricity in the Edinburgh area.

The programme for the major refurbishment involves individual towers being inspected and maintenance carried out as required. In addition, the conductors which transport the electricity are being renewed. 

Sections of the line are located in close proximity to housing and transport infrastructure and local communities have been advised of the work, much of which will be taking place at height. SPEN Wayleave Officers are coordinating access arrangements with a variety land owners along the route.

The project is due to be completed in the last quarter of 2020.

SPENs refurbishment and modernisation projects ensure the transmission network is playing its part in the countries move to clean energy and a more sustainable environment.

Contact Information

Should you require any further information please make contact via the following phone number or email address:

Community Liaison phone number – 07516461129
Community Liaison
Press Enquiries – 0141 614 4535

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