SSEN Transmission has submitted plans to the Scottish Government for an overhead line network that will link Shetland to the mainland network.
Two 22 km circuits, which will be a combination of overhead and underground cabling, will provide a connection between the proposed Gremista network feed point and the Kergord substation.
The Kergord-Gremista connection follows extensive local consultation that helped shape the design of the project.
The Kergord-Gremista 132kV connection planning application submission follows last year’s planning submission to the Shetland Islands Council for the Gremista grid feed point.
SSEN project manager Grant Smith said the bid “marks an important step in securing Shetland’s future security of supply”.
“Once completed, these projects will connect Shetland to the mainland’s energy system for the first time and enable clean energy to be delivered to homes and businesses, even when local generation on Shetland’s electricity grid fails. on demand.
“Our proposals have been carefully developed to minimize the impact on homes, businesses and the local Shetland landscape, as we have sought to balance a range of economic, environmental and technical factors.
“We look forward to the outcome of our planning applications and remain committed to working closely with Shetland Islands Council, the local community and wider stakeholders to provide this critical infrastructure to meet the future energy needs of the Shetland Islands. Shetland.”