Submarine Electricity Cable replacement works

Fifty-nine Scottish islands are currently connected to the electricity network that serves mainland Great Britain by the Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution network. They are connected by submarine electricity cables that supply electricity to homes and businesses on the islands. The combined length of these submarine electricity cables is 454km – with some sections having been in place for over 50 years.

The cost of supplying electricity to the Scottish islands is supported by electricity consumers across the north of Scotland as part of their energy bills.   Scotland's National Marine Plan (2015) requires consideration of how submarine electricity cables are laid and protected on the seabed.  All views on cable installation methods are captured in our Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) model and form part of the evidence we use in our licence application to Marine Scotland.

We have listened to feedback received to date and have amended the plans. We now ask you to check that we have heard you correctly before we make an application for a Marine Licence. The first phase of the plan is to replace 3 cables in Orkney. You can learn more by reading about our updated proposals or attending one of the following events.

Date

Location

Venue

Time

14/03/2017

Kirkwall

St Magnus Centre

10am until 4pm

14/03/2017

Westray

Höfn Youth Centre

12pm until 2pm

14/03/2017

Stronsay

Stronsay Fishmart

1pm until 3pm

15/03/2017

Kirkwall

St Magnus Centre

10am until 4pm

15/03/2017

Shapinsay

Shapinsay Community School

12pm until 2pm

16/03/2017

Rousay

Rousay Community School

12pm until 2 pm

 The Orkney consultation closes on the 18 April 2017.  The next phase of consultation events is it the Western Isles. Do come and see us in Harris. The Western Isles consultation closes on the 10 May 2017.

29/03/17                      Harris                           The Harris Hotel, HS3 3DL                       2pm-8pm