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Energy / SSEN Transmission wants feedback on connecting wind farms

SSEN Transmission is looking for comments and suggestions from islanders on its plans to connect proposed wind farms in Yell and outside Lerwick to the planned converter station at Kergord and to the national grid.

The transmission network operator for the north of Scotland is currently hosting an online consultation including a series of virtual events.

The connection of the three wind farms (Energy Isles, Beaw Field and Mossy Hill) remains subject to the progression of the proposed 600MW Shetland HVDC link.

SSEN Transmission has identified ‘search areas’ in which to conduct further surveys to identify preferred routes for these connections.

The project team is seeking feedback on the proposed location of a new switching station located on Yell. From there it will connect to the converted station via a subsea cable.

SSEN Transmission said it had developed an online consultation tool to enable the local community to experience the full exhibition from home on a computer, tablet or mobile device.

Project manager Steven McMillan said: “We encourage anyone who might be interested in our proposals to join the virtual consultations where you will be able to engage directly with our project team, via a live chat function, to ask any questions you might have about the project and share feedback on the current proposals.”

There are two virtual consultation events today (Wednesday). More info can be found at SSEN Transmission’s project page.