Local News

Trident Pole Demo

By Mike Robertson

The huge Heddle’s crane sat in the Crantit farm road ready to lift the mock Trident pole into place.

a massive crane on the back of a big lorry getting ready to be used
Image credit Mike Robertson

Before long it started to rise from the ground and then, tragedy…  

The pole buckled under its own weight and was rapidly lowered to the ground.

the giant crane lowering the H shape. Nearby people stand around watching
Image credit Mike Robertson

After some examination and discussion a man appeared with wood and tools and got to work.

This time a successful lift allowed them to swing the pole into the field for all to see.

The point of this exercise was to demonstrate the size of the proposed electricity poles in context.  With a little magic and the assistance of Photoshop we can remove the crane and show the mock pole from both the Old and New Scapa Roads.

The trident pole replica in the landscape towering over everything
Image credit Mike Robertson

Demonstrations like this help us come to a decision about what is an acceptable change to our environment.  It’s important to remember we are facing a climate emergency and people often forget the ’emergency’ part of that.  Orkney has a wealth of both renewable energy and the knowledge to generate and deliver it.  This is important to the sustainability of our planet, if not for ourselves then for our children and grand-children.  The new Orkney grid is important to allow us to deliver clean, renewable energy to the rest of the country, the UK and the world.  It would be great if this could be entirely underground but this is not possible for a variety of technical and commercial reasons.   However, it should be underground where it would have the biggest impact on our natural environment and heritage.  It is for us to say where these places are.   Orkney has led the world before, let’s hope we can do so again

The giant replica of a trident energy transmission pole dominating the Orkney landscape
Image credit Mike Robertson

Leave a Reply