Project Type: Transmission reinforcement
Location: Shetland, Highland

Contact Details

Neil Anderson
Title: Community Team Manager
Telephone: 01738 516529
Mobile: 07500 912506
Address: Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ
Status: Early Development

About the project

The development of this subsea link will connect Shetland customers to the National Electricity Transmission System for the first time.

The Shetland transmission project will comprise:

  • A new HVDC converter station at Upper Kergord
  • An underground HVDC cable from Upper Kergord to the proposed landfall at Weisdale Voe; and
  • A subsea HVDC cable connecting Shetland to Caithness on the Scottish mainland.

Public Consultation – Marine HVDC Cable

Members of the project development team are working towards a detailed design for the subsea cable which will link Shetland the Scottish Mainland.

Details of the proposals are available to download via this page.

Note: For the latest information about the process to deliver a new energy solution on Shetland’s distribution network, please go to www.ssen.co.uk/ShetlandEnergy

The data in this map is provided for indicative purposes only and may be subject to change. Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc do not accept responsibility for its accuracy, completeness or validity. The data should not be copied, reproduced or utilised externally without permission.

Who is Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks?

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks is the trading name of Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution Limited, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc and Southern Electric Power Distribution plc.

How are Transmission network upgrades paid for?

Investments in projects are made by SHE Transmission plc. Electricity transmission companies are authorised to recover the costs of such investments through 'use of system' charges which are levied by National Grid Electricity Transmission plc on generators and suppliers of electricity. Suppliers recover their costs from all electricity customers. In order to protect the interests of customers, the transmission companies have to demonstrate to the energy regulator, Ofgem (Office for Gas and Electricity Markets) that proposed investments are necessary, are efficient and are economical so that the charges which are ultimately levied on all electricity customers are justified.
This means SHE Transmission is subject to a funding mechanism established by Parliament and regulated by Ofgem. Cross subsidies between different businesses in the SSE group is not permitted.

How are our proposals scrutinised?

The Scottish Ministers are responsible for determination of applications submitted under Section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989. Both statutory consultees and members of the public have the right to submit their representations on the application. All representations will be considered by Scottish Ministers in their determination of the application.
The Office for Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), as the regulator, has to approve all investment so project proposals are developed under license conditions.
Preferred route corridors chosen will comply with revised ‘Holford Rules’ which are the recognised industry approach to routeing overhead lines amended to reflect Scottish circumstances.

How and to what extent are electricity consumers' interests considered?

We are regulated by the Office for Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), the regulator responsible for representing consumers' interests. Electricity consumer interests are therefore one of our key drivers and this is enshrined in our statutory duties under the Electricity Act.
In particular we have a statutory duty to develop, maintain and operate an efficient, economic and co-ordinated transmission system. Since the costs of these projects will ultimately be paid for by electricity consumers, we have a responsibility to take cost into account with due weighting in a comparison against other important factors.

What is the transmission network?

It’s the highest voltage electricity network in the UK – the ‘motorway network’ of the energy world. It transmits large quantities of electricity over long distances via wires carried on a system of mainly metal towers (pylons) and large substations. Transmission voltages in Scotland are 132kV, 275kV and 400kV. Larger generation schemes usually connect to the Transmission system.

The lower voltage parts of the system are called distribution networks. In Scotland, these local networks operate below 132kV whereas in England the distribution network includes 132kV. 

Consultation on treatment of non-mainland GB onshore wind projects

We have today responded to the UK Government consultation on treatment of non-mainland GB onshore wind projects, to read our response please go to the ‘Project documentation’ section of the project website

Document downloads

Consultation on treatment of non-mainland GB onshore wind projects (Consultation Report)

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Proposed Converter Station Elevations - July 2013

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Projects review

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Shetland statement

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Proposed site layout - July 2013

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Shetland consultation report - July 2009
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Shetland HVDC Link Consultation Feedback Form - August 2016

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Shetland HVDC Link consultation summary booklet

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Shetland HVDC Link consultation boards - August 2016

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Local People

Neil Anderson
  • Title: Community Team Manager
  • Email: neil.anderson@sse.com
  • Telephone: 01738 516529
  • Mobile: 07500 912506
  • Address: Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ

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