GR Direct - Sony - Save up to £300 on selected Bravia OLED & LED TVs
Wednesday 29 May 2024
 13.2°C   ESE Light Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

News / SSE stages event about interconnector cable

A map showing (in red) the route the cable from Shetland to Caithness would take.

THE COMPANY that wants to lay an interconnector cable between Shetland and Caithness to allow energy from the proposed Viking Energy windfarm to be transmitted to the mainland is to stage an open event in Lerwick later this month.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), operating under licence as Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission, is seeking feedback on its plans to install the 600MW cable between Weisdale Voe and a landfall north of Wick in Caithness.

The event was originally planned for August but had to be postponed after fog disruption at Sumburgh Airport prevented SSEN’s team from travelling to the islands.

The open event will take place on Thursday 27 October between 2pm-7.30pm at Mareel in Lerwick.

Anyone interested in the consultation can also find information online here and submit comments or questions to SSEN liaison manager Neil Anderson at

Viking Energy’s 103-turbine windfarm, which was granted planning consent by the Scottish Government in April 2012, is dependent on the cable being laid, as are plans for wind turbines in the North Isles.

The UK Government has cut subsidies for renewable energy in many areas but its plans for Scotland’s islands remain unclear.

If the hotly-disputed Viking project does go ahead, a converter station at Weisdale would be used to transmit energy down the cable so the wind can provide power to tens of thousands of homes in Scotland.

Commenting on the new consultation event Anderson said it formed part of the work leading up to an application for the marine licence required to install and operate the transmission cable.

“The consultation is an opportunity to review the marine cable route corridor, to consider the proposed installation method, and also to explore how we can minimise any potential impacts on other users of the seabed and the marine environment,” he said.

Become a supporter of Shetland News


“We would like to apologise to anyone who was inconvenienced by the postponement of our original event in August, but we very much look forward to the opportunity to discuss our proposals with all interested parties at Mareel on Thursday 27 October.

SHE Transmission is preparing to apply for the marine licence so that it can be ready to install the proposed cable if it is required.

It is also preparing to send a funding request to industry regulator Ofgem “subject to confirmation of UK Government policy regarding island generators’ participation in a future Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction”. 

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.