One of the two subsea cables which links Orkney to mainland Scotland, connecting up electricity distribution, has been successfully replaced by SSEN (Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks).
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Over the coming weeks, various vessels will be carrying out operations in the Pentland Firth as part of this major cable installation project, including laying rock bags on sections of the cable and installing cable protection near the shore.
Replacing one of the subsea cables which links Orkney to the Scottish Mainland is to begin. Two cables link Orkney’s electricity supply up to the National Grid.
“At the end of 2018, 15% of the UK’s installed renewable generation capacity was located in the north of Scotland.”
“It is shocking that islanders generating more electricity than they can use are still top of the fuel poverty league table. “
“Two subsea cables in the Pentland Firth supply electricity from the mainland to the Orkney Islands via the island of Hoy.”
“We believe that 135MW is an excessive target and we lobbied hard to get that figure reduced.”
Approval is conditional on a total of at least 135MW of new wind farm projects on Orkney either being awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD) or being judged likely to be developed by December 2021.
SSEN have issued a fact sheet of the most frequently asked questions in response to the concerns of Orkney residents affected by the infrastructure needed for the proposed subsea cable.