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Ross-shire power lines proposal by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks near Garve


By Ian Duncan

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PLANS have been submitted to upgrade overhead power lines in Ross-shire.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks has submitted the planning application to Highland Council.

The proposal is for two separate power lines in Garve.

If successful it would see the conversion of an existing overhead line from 11,000 to 33,000 volts with no additional apparatus at the Fannich Estate.

It would also see the installation of a new two-span 33,000 volt overhead line to connect a mast site at Grudie woodland track on the Lochluchart Estate.

According to the simplified notification letter, which was submitted as part of the application, in order to carry out the work they would use a low pressure dump truck and a low pressure excavator.

The letter added: "Existing access tracks from the main road will be used throughout the length of the overhead line and new spur. No new roads or access tracks will be created and no traffic management necessary.

"The conductors will remain in situ and only the insulators on top of the poles will be replaced. The estimated construction time will be approximately six to eight weeks and we plan to commence as soon as Section 37 is granted – subject to Covid restrictions."



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