A “final needs” case for a subsea cable linking renewable energy projects to the National Grid has been submitted to regulator Ofgem. Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has been planning the link for more than 10 years. The company has proposed a single 600MW subsea circuit from Arnish in Lewis to Dundonnell in Wester Ross. The cable would then be connected to SSEN’s Beauly substation, near Inverness, via underground cables. If authorised by Ofgem, the Western Isles Radial Connector could be laid by 2023. SSEN said it had presented a “comprehensive analysis” of the investment options available to meet “a range of credible future generation scenarios” on the Western Isles. However, the project is dependent on two planned large-scale wind farm projects, Stornoway Wind Farm and Uisenis Wind Farm, securing subsidy support from the UK government’s Contr acts for Difference next year. SSEN has long argued that major renewable projects have to be constructed in the Western Isles for the subsea cable to viable.
BBC 14th Aug 2018 read more »
An MSP and a number of local wind organisations have backed an SSE call for a network reinforcement cable to connect the Western Isles to the mainland.
Energy Voice 15th Aug 2018 read more »