Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Limited (Shetl) which is part of Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE), is to put plans for a large subsea electricity connection from offshore sources of renewable electricity on show to the public, reports The Press & Journal.
Scottish Hydro Electric is holding a series of exhibitions so that the public can look at its proposals for a 600MW converter station and substation next to Achanarras in Caithness.
Even though power lines are being re-strung and upgraded the company is considering undersea connections too. These would include an offshore hub which would be used to carry electricity from Shetland and Caithness to Keith.
This converter station is just the first part of the Caithness high voltage direct current (HVDC) reinforcement project. This project also includes a high voltage direct current cable connected to the coast from the proposed Achanarras converter station. This will be buried underground. Also included will be subsea cabling between the coast north of Wick and the proposed offshore hub.
The scheme would also include the Moray Firth HVDC hub. This would be used as the switching station based in the North Sea off the Scottish coast.
The main focus of the exhibitions is to let the community know what SSE’s proposals are for the converter station. Members of the project team will be on hand to meet the public and answer any questions they may have.
The manager of the project, Grieg Taylor said “The proposed Caithness converter station is being developed by Shetl as part of a series of wider transmission infrastructure improvements and reinforcements in the area to connect to the electricity transmission network in Moray”.
So if you want to go and find out more about the project visit one of the exhibitions. They are being held on Wednesday 15 September from 2pm to 7.30pm in Ross Institute, Halkirk and Thursday 16 September from 2pm to 7.30pm in Watten Community Hall.