150-mile Scottish power line wins Greatest Contribution To Scotland award

The end of the line at the Denny electricity sub-station
The end of the line at the Denny electricity sub-station

A 150-mile long electricity grid cable built to transmit renewable-energy generated electricity from the Highlands to the Central Belt has won a Scottish national award.

The Beauly-Denny transmission project won the ‘Greatest Contribution to Scotland’ award at the Saltire Civil Engineering Awards.

Beauly-Denny is the longest transmission line to be built anywhere in the UK since the 1950s and crosses the highest and most inaccessible terrain on the Great Britain transmission system at the 2,526-ft summit of the Corrieyairack Pass.

Alongside reinforcement of the main existing transmission line between the Highlands and Aberdeenshire, the project has enabled more than 80 additional wind, hydro and solar power developments by the end of 2015, providing almost 1500MW of additional generation capacity.

It also generated £100 million for Scotland’s economy through its development and construction and supported more than 2,000 jobs over a seven year period.

Run by the Institution of Civil Engineers, in association with the Saltire Society, the annual awards recognise excellence and innovation in civil engineering and celebrate its contribution to quality of life in Scotland. 

At last night’s ceremony in Edinburgh, the judges recognised the importance of the Beauly-Denny project in securing Scotland’s sustainable energy future and the decarbonisation of electricity generation.

Presenting the award, Jamie Hepburn MSP, Scotland’s Minister for Employability Training, praised the project’s contribution towards ‘building a sustainable low –carbon economy’ through the doubling of Scotland’s renewable energy network capacity.

27 Oct 2017


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