Public exhibitions will be held locally later this month on proposals for a new overhead power line stretching from the Highlands to Aberdeenshire.
Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission) is proposing the route between Beauly in Inverness-shire, Blackhillock near Keith, and Kintore.
We would urge people to come along to the exhibitions to speak to usGreig Taylor Project Manager
But conservation groups in the North have already voiced strong opposition to the plans, fearing pylons will damage large swathes of countryside.
A consultation will be held in the Church of Scotland Hall, Kintore, on Tuesday, October 27, between 2pm and 7.30pm.
Another exhibition will take place the following day at the same time in Strathnairn Hall, Daviot.
The new line will facilitate the transmission of energy within the north and east of Scotland in order to provide a more secure supply for customers and allow for additional connections from renewable and other energy projects.
Project manager Greig Taylor said: “We are keen to consult as early as possible to try to identify the optimum route for the new overhead line.
“We’ve done a lot of preparatory investigation and this has led us to exclude areas which have greater impacts on people or are protected for various reasons and we have narrowed our options down to a preferred corridor.”
He added: “We want to consult with local people within the preferred corridor in order to identify, as early as possible, any potential issues.
“We would urge people to come along to the exhibitions to speak to us.”
The preferred corridor, which averages nearly two miles in width, stretches more than 100 miles from Beauly substation to Blackhillock then on to Kintore substation.
n Twelve exhibitions will be held in local halls and recreation centres along the corridor, with smaller mobile exhibitions visiting a further five communities.