Transmission is set to begin a programme of ground investigations for the
project along the proposed onshore cable route from Weisdale Voe to the
site of the Kergord Converter Station. The work will be undertaken by contractor BAM
Ritchies and local firm Frank L John (Shetland) Ltd and are slated
to begin on 28 October. Work will last for approximately four weeks, dependent
Ground investigation works are a part of the project development process
and the results of these investigations will inform the final design of
the proposed onshore cable route, which connects the proposed subsea cable
and converter station elements of the project.
A team of 30 will be undertaking the works, which will include drilling
trial pits, as well as monitoring and conducting environmental and archaeological
surveys. Overseeing the works will be a team of environmental and archaeological
inspectors who aim to ensure any environmental impact is monitored and
kept to a minimum.
The team will be based at a temporary compound to be constructed from 25
October near Setter, north of Lerwick, and may also use smaller additional
compounds on site for supplies and equipment. To carry out the ground investigations
around 30 bore holes will be drilled with rigs towed by specialised lightweight Hagglund vehicles
with rubber tracks, which are valued for their low impact on peat lands.
Project Liaison Manager
Kelly Scott Said: “We held an information event at Sound Public Hall
earlier this month where we provided updates on the project and shared
information on our upcoming ground investigation works with members of
the local community. We would like to thank everyone who came along to
meet the team.
“Ahead of works we would like to thank the local community for their patience
while we carry out our ground investigation works. We will work to keep
disruption to a minimum and to apologise for any inconvenience which may
The project was one
of two Scottish Isles projects submitted by SSEN that Ofgem
refused to approve
yesterday (24 October 2019). Ofgem encouraged SSEN to submit revised proposals
for both transmission links.
The progression of the Shetland HVDC project remains subject to regulatory
approval from the Ofgem which in turn is subject to Shetland developers
demonstrated commitment to take their projects forward.
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