SPEN is owned by Iberdrola, a Spanish Multinational company. Can it be right that it can compulsorily purchase Scottish land and build an immense eyesore in the form of an 175km line of 50m tall pylons across some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain? I cannot believe that a Scottish company would get away with doing the same to the Pueblos Blancos in Andalucia or the Rioja region.
Yet this is what is happening here in Dumfries and Galloway, in order to transport electricity, which is not for use in Scotland, to England in order to make maximum profits for a Spanish company. The fact that our existing infrastructure is old is not an issue. If adequately maintained, it would remain fit for its existing purpose for many years.
It is also interesting that in 2008, Red Eléctrica de España (REE) and Réseau de Transport d'Electricité (RTE) have signed an agreement to create the company Inelfe, to construct a new 64.5 kilometre interconnection line between the towns of Santa Llogaia, near Figueres (Spain), with Baixas, near Perpignan (France). The interconnection link is completely underground and has been housed in a concrete trench, except for the stretch that crosses the Pyrenees that runs through an 8.5 kilometre tunnel that runs parallel to the high-speed railway line. If that strategy is used there, why not here?