Plans for north east ‘plug socket’ to go on display

North Sea Connect visual
North Sea Connect visual

Plans for a north east ‘plug socket’ for an electricity power cable linking Scotland and Norway are to go on show in Boddam later this month ahead of a planning application in the Spring.

The design of the substation has been strongly influenced by local residents and NorthConnect, the consortium behind the development of a substation and onshore cabling, is keen to hear from as many local people as possible at an exhibition to be held in the Buchan village on Thursday, February 26 ..

Richard Blanchfield, NorthConnect’s Project manager in the UK, said: “The vast majority of local residents we have spoken to so far told us they would prefer to see a building which is more natural looking. We have taken this on board and we will show a building that has more curves and includes a planted roof.

“As a result, we have done as much as we can to minimise local impact. NorthConnect will benefit consumers in Scotland and across the UK as it will help keep prices down, help keep the lights on and help keep Scotland on track to becoming a world leading green energy powerhouse.”

Residents in the Boddam and Stirlinghill area and all other interested parties are invited to go along to the exhibition of the proposed substation and underground cables.

The exhibition will be held at the Buchan Braes Hotel, from 2pm to 8pm.

NorthConnect is keen to understand what people think of the development ahead of submitting a planning application to Aberdeenshire Council in spring this year.

A planning proposal for the 1.4GW, 650km offshore underwater cable will be made separately and is scheduled for later in 2015.