SSEN Transmission is rescheduling advisory events for new substations at Keith and New Deer

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The Baden-Powell Center in Turreff hosted the first local advisory event on the proposed new power line.
The Baden-Powell Center in Turreff hosted the first local advisory event on the proposed new power line.

Events originally planned for this week by SSEN Transmission that were postponed due to weather conditions have been rescheduled.

Consultation events will be held in Blackhillock and New Deer to showcase proposals for two new substations which will help support renewable energy growth in the north of Scotland.

After a recent significant snowfall in the area affected travel in the area, the events were moved to their rescheduled in two weeks as a precaution.

Consultation sessions will now take place –

Tuesday 21st March 2pm-7pm – Longmore Community Hall, Banff Rd, Keith, AB55 5HA

Wed, March 22, 1pm-7pm – New Deer Public Hall, Fordyce Terrace, New Deer, AB53 6BE

The events are an opportunity for members of the public to present proposals for the development of two new 400 kV substations, one in Blackhillock and the other in New Deer, to support the growth of renewable energy in the region and increase the amount of energy that can be transmitted.

Attendees will also be able to interact with a custom 3D SSEN Transmission model, which provides a 360-degree view of proposed substation locations.

The substation developments are part of a broader plan to upgrade the electricity transmission network between Beauly and Peterhead, which will enable significant growth of new renewable electricity and support the transition away from fossil fuels, helping to secure the country’s future energy independence and energy security.

As the owner of the transmission network in the North of Scotland, SSEN Transmission is responsible for connecting new generation generation to the GB grid and moving it where it is required via the 132kV, 275kV, 400kV high voltage electricity transmission network.

This includes the need for a new overhead transmission line between Beauly, Blackhillock, New Deer and Peterhead, which has been identified by the GB electricity system operator, National Grid ESO, as ‘essential’ to achieving the government’s 2030 targets for offshore wind.

The proposed project will include the construction of a new 400 kV overhead line between Beauly, Blackhillock, New Deer and Peterhead.

Additional substation infrastructure will also be required, including the two new substations at Blackhillock and New Deer.

Events planned for later this month will include sharing of information on plans for the two new substations, following on from a series of media events that ran in September last year to share more about the wider Beauly to Peterhead project.

“Safety is of the utmost importance to us, and with recent snowfall across the Northeast today and the Yellow Met office warnings of snow and ice over the next few days, we have made the decision to move planned consultation events in two weeks,” said Katherine Swan, Senior SSEN Transmission Development Project Manager. Until March 21st and 22nd.

“We hope this will ensure that all those interested in our proposals can safely attend our events and share any feedback they may have.

To learn more about the projects, visit:

Blackhillock station 2400 kV –

New Deer 2400kV Substation –

Polly to Peterhead –

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