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Ofgem rejects Shetland subsea energy link proposal

Staff Writer | November 23, 2017
The UK energy regulator rejected a proposal to build a subsea electricity distribution link for the Shetland islands.
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Britain   National Grid Shetland Link and Aggreko
They were citing a recent extension to meet the European Union industrial emission target.

The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has rejected a proposal by National Grid Shetland Link and Aggreko to build a subsea electricity distribution link from Shetland to mainland Great Britain.

A change made in July at EU level to a document that sits under the Industrial Emissions Directive means that tougher emissions targets which were due to apply to Lerwick power station in Shetland from 2020 will now only apply from 2030, Ofgem said.

Scottish and Southern Energy Networks, part of SSE PLC, the operator of Lerwick power station, has confirmed that with energy supply security could be provided until 2025 to Shetland island at a significantly lower cost than that of the subsea electricity distribution link solution, the regulator added.


 

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