Tuesday, 21 August 2012


My attention has been drawn, courtesy commenter Lady Gargar, to a stakeholder consultation (PDF) by SSE on the proposed high-voltage direct current connector between Stornoway and Beauly, for the benefit of renewable energy schemes in the Outer Hebrides. Reliable sources have indicated that construction of the sub-station at Gravir could commence in September, for the cable to become operational from an extended Arnish sub-station to Beauly by 2015.

The documentation, dated June 2012, refers to the schemes in the Western Isles. SSE did announce on 8 August 2012 that the scheme in Pairc will not now go ahead. I am wondering if this invalidates their stakeholder consultation; however, I doubt whether that will thwart the plans for the cable.

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