Plans for a giant power cable linking Shetland to the Scottish mainland are “crucial” to ensure security of the islands long-term energy supply, according to the firm behind the proposal.
A huge energy cable project to aiming to connect Peterhead to Norway has now issued an invitation to tender to Scottish and UK firms as part of its enabling works package.
Towards the end of this year, a final investment decision is due to be taken on the NorthConnect project which by 2024 would import surplus hydro electricity from the Hardanger region of Norway into Scotland, at Boddam, via a 400-mile interconnector.
A group of young Norwegian politicians and climate activists visited a Stonehaven wind project and met the country's energy minister in a bid to understand the Scottish clean energy transition.
After meeting with Scotland office minister, Lord Duncan, leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Roddie Mackay, spoke confidently about Government support for connection to the mainland grid.
The European Union will put 10million euros (£8.5million) toward the construction of an interconnector between the north-east of Scotland and Norway.