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Energy / Feedback sought as project to connect other wind farms gathers speed

SSEN Transmission, the company which owns the electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland, is seeking feedback from the local community on its plans to connect three wind farms to its existing network.

The company is legally obliged to provide connections to electricity generators looking to connect to the electricity transmission network.

In order to be able to connect the Beaw Field wind farm in Yell and Mossy Hill project outside Lerwick, both consented and owned by Peel Energy, as well as Energy Isles proposed for the northeast corner of Yell, SSEN Transmission is proposing the following:

  • A new 132kV switching station located on Yell to connect Energy Isles and Beaw Field wind farms;
  • Two new 132kV connections from the proposed Yell switching station to Energy Isles and Beaw Field wind farms;
  • A new 132kV connection from Yell switching station to a new substation at Kergord;
  • A new 132kV connection from Mossy Hill Wind Farm teeing into one of the Gremista connections; and
  • Two new 132kV connections from Gremista Grid Supply Point substation to Kergord.

The company’s project manager Steven McMillan said that as a responsible developer SSEN Transmission is keen to continue to work closely with the local community to identity onshore and offshore routes for these new connections.

“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,” he said.

The company added that the virtual consultation events have been designed to be almost as interactive as face to face events, allowing for the presentation of key project information and plans, as well as providing an opportunity to ask questions about the project to team members.

The virtual consultation events will be taking place next Tuesday and Wednesday at the following times:

  • 1 June: 13:00 – 14:30
  • 1 June: 17:30 – 19:00
  • 2 June: 10:00 – 11:30
  • 2 June: 17:30 – 19:00

To find out more and get connected, visit the SSEN Transmission Shetland renewable connections page. A link to the virtual platform will be made available from Friday 28 May.