SSE - intend to carry out routine repairs to their existing 33kV network between Grudie and Gairloch and Achnasheen and Strathcarron. This work is intended to take place between Tuesday 17 October 2017 and January 2018 (with a short break over Christmas and New Year). Access by vehicles will only be required to approximately one in every fifteen poles to replace them following damage and natural decay but SSE will also install at some locations copper earth cables into the ground to increase network resilience during storms. SSE will be utilising low ground pressured tracked machinery to remove poles and install the earth cables over pre-defined access routes. It is likely that helicopters will be used to transport materials to minimise damage to land and reach tricky places. This work will be part guided by an environmental advisor but also a team of experts in ornithology and ecology.
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