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Power cable to be put underground

Wind turbines
The cables would deliver surplus electricity to the mainland

A cable forming part of a plan to deliver power from island wind farms to the mainland would be buried underground, it has been confirmed.

Pressure groups had concerns electricity would be carried via pylons from Dundonnell on Little Loch Broom in Wester Ross to Beauly, near Inverness.

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has said it would go underground. Planning consent will be sought for the project.

The cable is part of a wider plan to connect to renewable energy schemes.

Putting the Little Loch Broom to Beauly link underground was always the preferred option since 2006.

Public inquiry

But even up until recently campaign groups such as Highlands Before Pylons were concerned it could still be routed overhead.

Meanwhile, planning consent will also be sought later this year for a subsea cable linking the isles with the mainland.

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Limited (SHETL), a subsidiary of SSE, has revealed the proposals in a newly published report on public consultations on routes for the proposed electricity transmission connection.

Beauly is the location for a key electricity substation.

A proposal to upgrade the power line between Beauly and Denny in central Scotland is the subject of a public inquiry.


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