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Access works for new substation site to get under way south of Thurso

Work to establish a new substation site near Geiselittle, a short distance west of the A9 south of Thurso, will begin on Monday 8 June.

The start of work on the new Thurso South site is the latest step in the delivery of Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission’s £1.1 billion Caithness-Moray project which is due for completion in 2018.

The new substation will allow the connection of the upgraded Dounreay-Mybster 275 kilovolt overhead line with existing and planned circuits operating at lower voltages.  Once complete, it will supply power to the local distribution network and enable the efficient connection of renewable generation in the north of Caithness and the Pentland Firth.  

While the new access junction is established at Geiselittle, a short stretch of the A9 south of Thurso will be reduced to a single lane with temporary lights to control the flow of traffic.

SHE Transmission’s Project Manager for the Dounreay-Mybster project Ian Clark said: 

“We are grateful to local people for the understanding they have shown to our team during the development of our plans and our work in the area so far. We have a challenging job ahead of us, but are making progress and will be working hard to deliver the renewal of our network on time and within budget.

”The safety of our team and members of the public is our first priority in everything we do. In this case, we have agreed with the trunk road authority that we need to restrict traffic on the A9 to a single lane while our site and its entrance are established.  We would ask road users to allow time in their journeys for the possibility of a short delay over the coming weeks and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”