Refurbishment of an overhead power line stretching from central Sutherland to the north coast of Caithness has been completed ahead of schedule, despite the difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The multimillion-pound project involved restringing the 87km line from Loch Buidhe, near Bonar Bridge, to Dounreay and was carried out over a two-year period by SSEN Transmission and its contractor Wood T&D. The line was constructed in the 1950s to help transport electricity generated at the Dounreay nuclear site to where it was needed. With wind power now connecting to the national grid, and more to come, SSEN Transmission says the line is facilitating the transition to net-zero emissions.
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