Power line upgrade to boost green energy distribution in North Scotland

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A section of overhead electricity line which has joined two parts of the north of Scotland for 50 years has been upgraded.

The 91 steel towers that have been in place between Beauly and Loch Buidhe since the 1960s have been fitted with new, higher-capacity conductors and fittings by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN).

The upgrade will increase the overall capacity of the local network by 30% and enable renewable generation to be transported from the north of Scotland.

SSEN’s principle contractor Amec Foster Wheeler got down to work on the project in April 2016.

The project employed more than 60 people at its peak.

The conclusion of this phase means two-thirds of the Beauly to Dounreay transmission link has now been upgraded with the final section of works planned for completion in 2020.