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  • Islay Jura - North of Scotland Reinforcement Project

    We are investing circa £1m to refurbish the existing overhead line in Jura and proposing to install an additional overhead line circuit between Port Askaig and Port Ellen in Islay.

  • Investing in Jura

    There are currently 500 wooden electricity poles delivering electricity to the homes and businesses of Jura. These poles have been in place for around 60 years.
    The weather on Jura means that our equipment is exposed to salt water which can cause erosion to our equipment.
    We are now investing approx. £1million to refurbish the existing poles to enhance the security of the electricity supply across Jura.
    To carry out these essential works with minimal disruption, we will be utilising mobile generation. We are proposing to commence the works in Summer 2019. We will update this page as the project progresses.

    Wooden poles in Jura
  • Investing in Islay

    The existing 33kV circuit to Islay runs from Lochgilphead on the mainland to Carsaig Bay near Tayvallich, before crossing under the Sound of Jura, down through Jura and across the Sound of Islay to the south of Port Askaig. There it tees into a single circuit which supplies Port Askaig, Bowmore and Port Ellen.
    These three sites then feed the 11kilovolt (kV) network which delivers electricity to the homes and businesses of Islay. We invested £1.4m to upgrade the 11kV electricity network on Islay in 2017.
    We are now proposing to install an additional wooden pole overhead line circuit between Port Askaig and Port Ellen to further strengthen the resilience of Islay’s electricity network.
    The map below shows the existing electricity network and the route corridor that we are currently assessing from an engineering, environmental, community and economic perspective.

  • Map of Islay
  • Information events

    Thank you to everyone who came along to our information events in Bowmore and Craighouse. We are now reviewing all the feedback received and will update this page soon. 

    Engineer showing equipment
  • Latest updates

    Apr 2019 - News release: SSEN invites island communities to learn more about Islay and Jura investment plans.

    Read the full release here.

    Mar 2019 - Environmental Studies

    MacArthur Green are working on our behalf to carry out environmental studies within the proposed route corridor for the new 33kV overhead line between Port Askaig and Port Ellen.

    Mar 2019 - Archaelogical Studies

    Scotia Archaeology are working on our behalf to carry out archaeological studies within the proposed route corridor for the new 33kV overhead line between Port Askaig and Port Ellen.

  • Contact us

    If you have any enquiries relating to the proposed works, please contact us on the details below: