TWO tall meteorological masts outside of Lerwick which have been collecting weather information for the future Mossy Hill wind farm are due to be removed later this year.
The wind farm developer Statkraft is planning to remove them in November.
A submission has now been made to Shetland Islands Council’s planning service for their decommissioning.
Land around the masts is due to be restored.
Both masts are located in the Mossy Hill site, between Lerwick and Scalloway.
They are 80 and 90 metres in height, with one only being installed in October last year.
They house meteorological monitoring equipment like wind vanes, anemometers and pressure gauges at varying heights.
The information is being used to optimise turbine selection for the wind farm.
Once removed the masts would be taken on the boat south and transported to Inverness for future use.
Shetland Islands Council’s planning committee gave approval for the 12-turbine Mossy Hill wind farm in 2019. It is expected to be constructed in the coming years.
The wind farm was originally led by Peel Energy, but Statkraft took over the development earlier this year.
The Norwegian energy giant also bought the 17-turbine Beaw Field wind development in Yell, which is also consented but yet to start construction.
Statkraft is also the developer behind the proposed 18-turbine Energy Isles wind farm in Yell, which has yet to receive a determination from the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit.
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