PERMISSION to move overhead lines at Kincardine Power Station has been granted by Fife Council.

It’s part of SP Energy Networks plan for a new elevated substation as the current site is at “major risk” of flooding from the River Forth. Old electrical switchgear dating from the 1960’s will be replaced with modern equipment.

Although permission has not yet been granted, the company wants to replace the current 270,000 volt electric station with a new 275,000 volt gas substation.

It would be situated on land next to the existing facility.

The deviation of the overhead electricity lines is required as part of the wider upgrade programme.

Fife Council approved the planning application to move the wires on the condition that all public paths in the vicinity are kept open and free from obstruction.

Any temporary closures for safety reasons will be notified in advance and kept to the minimum duration necessary.