Sections of the proposed 137-mile power line through Scotland could be built underground, energy minister Jim Mather said today.
The minister, who last week announced he had approved plans to upgrade the Beauly-to-Denny line in central Scotland, told MSPs on Holyrood’s economy, energy and tourism committee that measures to mitigate the impact of the line in some areas could see some sections buried underground.
He told the committee: “We can’t require them to be underground. What we can require them to do is to mitigate.
“There could be re-siting, there could be re-routing, there could be a change in the design of pylons, there could be a range of things put in place.
“But undergrounding is certainly an option in elements of the line.”
The project is being developed by Scottish and Southern Energy, which wants to upgrade the power line and erect 600 pylons between 42 metres and 65 metres-high along the 137-mile route.
It is estimated the scheme could cost between £300 million and £400 million to build.