A Scottish energy giant is facing a battle for control over a lucrative power deal in the Shetland Islands. Scottish and Southern Electricity (SSE) has been lobbying energy regulator Ofgem to approve a subsea cable to export green energy from its proposed Viking wind farm to the mainland. However, a Scandinavian power giant argues that its alternative of a liquefied natural gas power station would be far cheaper and ensure a stable energy supply for islanders. SSE, which has been working in partnership with the islands’ council, argues that by connecting wind farms on the Shetland Isles to Noss Head near Wick on the Scottish mainland, low-carbon electricity can be transmitted to the National Grid and help secure Shetland’s future energy supply. Lerwick Power Station, Shetland’s main power source, is expected to cease operations in 2025. Ofgem confirmed in April that it was minded to approve the 600MW subsea cable. Now Denmark-based power station specialist BWSC claims the subsea link is unnecessary and is proposing to build a new power plant for Shetlanders.
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