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SSE gets regulator's approval for Shetland wind farm link

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Energy regulator Ofgem has approved SSE's plans to build a new subsea electricity transmission link to connect wind farms in Shetland to mainland Scotland.

SSE's Scottish and Southern Energy Networks subsidiary will need to pony up around 709m pounds to build the 600MW Shetland link will, which it exects to complete in 2024.

Ofgem said its consultation on approving the link was subject to Shetland's planned Viking Energy wind farm project has been awarded subsidies through the government's Contracts for Difference auction, which Ofgem said would protect consumers from the risk of paying for a link that it is bigger than needed.

The regulator expects to make a decision on the business case for the Western Isles and Shetland links in mid-2019.

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