Subject: Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Reinforcement Project
I am writing to you to provide an update on the Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Reinforcement project.
Following a comprehensive review of the proposed Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Reinforcement project, SP Energy Networks has submitted revised proposals to Ofgem. The updated submission has determined that a ‘Reduced Scheme’ consisting of new 132kV transmission infrastructure between Kendoon and Tongland is now the most favourable option, after the detailed review determined that the full 400kV Auchencrosh to Harker proposal is not the most cost effective to take forward at this time. On this basis we do not intend to progress the full DGSR Project between Auchencrosh and Harker at this time. Further information on what has led us to this decision can be found in the Executive Summary of our submission to Ofgem. This can be found at the following web link under the Project Documents tab:
The Reduced Scheme
The Reduced Scheme will consist of those elements of the project which we consulted on within consultation zones 3 and 4. We are calling the revised project the Kendoon to Tongland 132kV Reinforcement (KTR) Project. This will consist of proposals for:
- The replacement of the 132kV network between Polquhanity, around 3km north of the existing Kendoon substation, and the existing Glenlee substation. This will involve the building of a new 132kV double circuit overhead line;
The replacement of the existing 132kV circuit between Carsfad and Kendoon with a new single circuit 132kV overhead line
The replacement of the existing 132kV circuit between Earlstoun and Glenlee with a new single circuit 132kV overhead line
The replacement of the 132kV network between Glenlee and Tongland. This will involve the building of a new 132kV double circuit overhead line;
The extension of the existing 132kV Glenlee substation; and
The removal of the existing 132kV overhead lines between Polquhanity, Kendoon, Carsfad, Earlstoun, Glenlee, Tongland and Dumfries. This will involve the decommissioning of around 90km of existing overhead line infrastructure.
Report on First Round Consultation
In addition to this, we also intend to publish the report on the first round of consultation which will include SPEN’s responses to feedback which remains relevant to the KTR Project and confirm the proposed corridors to be taken forward to the next stage of the routeing and consultation process. This will be published shortly and we will communicate the release of this document to all stakeholders separately.
Community Relations Team
Dumfries & Galloway Strategic Reinforcement
T: 0800 157 7353