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PUPILS from the Brae, Anderson, Whalsay and Sandwick schools have taken part in three days of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) event funded by the developer of the Viking Energy wind farm.

The 41 students visited the UHI Shetland campus last month, where they experienced course delivered by Manchester based design company 3DW.

During the event the young people used virtual reality software to design a wind farm and were able to visualise 360-degree designs of wind farms using a VR headset.

The groups were also taught how to manage costs for their infrastructure and delivered presentations about their projects.

Andy Dennison, who delivered the courses with his colleague Naomi McFarlane, said:

“Whilst the focus was on developing their STEM skills, the programme incorporates teamwork, communication and presentation skills to help build confidence and develop employability skills which are transferable to any job in and industry.”

AQUASHIP is among the latest additions to the membership of industry body Salmon Scotland.

New members include feed suppliers, service vessel designers and textile firms which are part of the supply chain.

Aquaship is a service vessel company which was formed by the merger of Vidlin based Johnson Marine and Norwegian firm Gripship.

Morenot, the netting service which has a base in Shetland, is also a new member.

Aquaculture company ScaleAQ, which also has a local presence, has similarly joined Salmon Scotland.

THE FIRST subsea installations for the Shetland transmission link are expected this summer.

It comes amid reported good progress on the SSEN Transmission project, which will connect Shetland to the national grid for the first time through 260km of subsea cable.

The first phase of boulder relocating work along the proposed subsea cable route has been completed by principal contractor NKT.

The team has also completed horizontal directional drilling work to the south of Noss Head lighthouse on the Scottish mainland where the subsea cables will make landfall.

SSEN Transmission lead project manager Chris Finnigan said: “We’ve made some really excellent progress in recent months with regards to the Shetland HVDC link which allows us to move forwards on connecting Shetland to the mainland and opening up a clean-energy corridor for transporting electricity to and from the islands.”

A TOUR of sites in Lerwick related to defence by land, sea and air will take place next month.

Jon Sandison and Samuel Sjoberg will lead the tour on Saturday 7 May, starting at Fort Charlotte, with the pair discussing Shetland’s defence from variety of threats from the 17th century onwards.

More information can be found here.

THE DEADLINE has now passed for people registering for a postal vote in the upcoming council election.

The council elections are taking place on 5 May, with the results due to be declared the day after.