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Final Tower Felled in Glen Falloch VISTA Project

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A major project milestone has been reached in the ongoing tower removal work at Glen Falloch where the last of 13 electricity towers have been felled. This project is designed to improve the visual impact of transmission infrastructure in the area.

A major project milestone has been reached in the ongoing tower removal work at Glen Falloch where the last of 13 electricity towers have been felled. This project is designed to improve the visual impact of transmission infrastructure in the area.

The towers at Glen Falloch, located to the south of Crianlarich, are being replaced by new sections of underground cable totalling to almost 4.5km in length. The cables have been successfully energised to ensure power supply is maintained during the project.

A view from one of the sites before the work was underway.

Our transmission team successfully removed 26 Spans of overhead line conductor across 4 circuits as part a complex series of projects which required a great deal of co-ordination between the multi-disciplinary teams. A key milestone was removing the section of conductor over the A82 and the West Highland Railway line whilst working under both a road closure and a railway block. The team had to work quickly and efficiently to ensure there was minimal disturbance to the local residents and many tourists who use these routes. The works were carefully planned and completed successfully in one evening.

The same view after the removal of the towers.

The Visual Impact of Scottish Transmission Assets scheme reduces the impact of SSEN’s existing historic electricity transmission infrastructure in some of Scotland’s most precious landscapes.

Luckily a crew was on hand to witness the final tower coming down to mark an end of this leg of the project.

Andre Winter – Project Manager, Transmission.