Second set of transformer units arrive for Shetland HVDC link

The final two transformer units for the Shetland HVDC link have arrived in Lerwick Harbour this week, with the SSEN Transmission team preparing for them to be transported to their final location at Kergord.

Following on from the arrival of the first two transformers to the island in May, the final two transformers arrived from Sweden via specialist vessel MK Eelmslift Ellen on Tuesday.

The High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) link will connect Shetland to the GB energy system for the first time, enabling the connection of renewable electricity generation, including the Viking onshore wind farm currently being built by SSE Renewables.  

320 kV Shetland HVDC link will transport renewable energy from Shetland islands to areas of demand in Scotland. It will run between Weisdale Voe and Noss Head. The 257 km HVDC cable will be manufactured and installed by NKT cables and installed in three phases, starting in Q2-2022 and ending in Q1-2023. The project is scheduled to go online in 2024.

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