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The meeting comes despite the proposed Viking Energy wind farm failing to secure government subsidy

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AN EVENT is being held in early October to give the team behind plans for the proposed interconnector cable to Shetland a chance to present responses to comments received during its recent consultation.

The event for stakeholders and interested parties will take place at the Sound Hall in Lerwick between 4.30pm and 7.30pm on 8 October.

A similar event will be held a couple of days later in Caithness, which is where the cable would run to Shetland from.

It comes despite the proposed Viking Energy wind farm recently failing in a bid to win government support. If given the go ahead, the wind farm would have provided the green light for the subsea interconnector,

An interconnector is required to export energy from Shetland and a 600MW link, which could also allow energy to be brought into the isles, has been mooted.

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission recently consulted on plans to install a subsea HVDC cable between Weisdale Voe and Noss Head in Caithness.

“Prior to submitting an application for a marine license to Marine Scotland and an application for a marine works license to Shetland Islands Council, we will be holding two additional events to present responses to comments received during our consultation,” the company said.

“We welcome all local stakeholders and interested parties to attend our open-door events and meet with the project team to discuss our plans.”

Energy regulator Ofgem previously said it was minded to approve the transmission link, but that approval was subject to the proposed 103-turbine Viking Energy wind farm winning government subsidy.