GR Direct - Sony - Save up to £300 on selected Bravia OLED & LED TVs
Monday 27 May 2024
 11.9°C   S Gentle Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Energy / Accommodation barge no longer required, wind turbine company says

A turbine tower component is offloaded in Lerwick. Photo: Jim Mullay

PLANS to house Viking Energy wind turbine workers on an accommodation barge in Lerwick have been dropped.

A spokesperson for turbine company Vestas said this was because space has now been guaranteed at the Sella Ness accommodation camp instead.

In November SSE Renewables confirmed to Shetland News plans to bring a floatel to Lerwick for workers erecting turbines, with more than 200 staff expected in the isles at the peak.

The first turbines are due to be installed on site at the end of March, with parts already being stored in Lerwick after being shipped to the port.

But a Vestas spokesperson said on Thursday: “We have cancelled the barge solution as the Sella Ness accommodation, already established on the island, was able to ensure rooms for our teams.”

Accommodation barges are no strangers to Shetland, with a number used for example during the construction of the gas plant in the 2010s.

Convoys of lorries taking turbine parts from Lerwick to the wind farm site in the Central Mainland will begin early next month.

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.