Opportunity to view plans to replace subsea electricity cable between Bute and Cumbrae

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has submitted an application to Marine Scotland to replace the subsea power cable between Bute and Cumbrae.

The existing cable is approaching the end of its scheduled working life, and SSEN’s proposal will see its replacement installed in the water between Kerrylamont Bay in Bute and Bell Bay in Cumbrae.

Fishermen, marine users, residents and businesses on the islands now have the chance to view the plans and provide comment on the proposal during a 28-day consultation period starting on 2 November.

The application will available to view at the following locations: 

Millport Library, Garrison House, Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, KA28 0DG

Rothesay Library (within the Moat Centre), Stuart Street, Isle of Bute, PA20 0BX

Kirstine Wood, SSEN’s Lead Engagement and Submarine Policy Manager, said:

“This project is an essential part of our commitment to keep the lights on for our customers in the island communities.
“The proposed route and installation methods have been carefully designed to balance stakeholder feedback and environmental constraints whilst meeting electricity licence obligations.
“We would like to thank all local stakeholders for the constructive input to our plans to date and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the local communities moving forward, including our commitment to provide early notice and a fisheries liaison management plan in advance of any works taking place.”                        

The Bute - Cumbrae Marine Licence Application can be viewed during library opening hours and is also available at /submarinecables.

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We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.7 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK. Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England.

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