Green light for Orkney transmission link

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) plans for a new 220MW transmission link between the Orkney Islands and the mainland have been approved by Ofgem.

Green light for Orkney transmission link

The £260 million link is set to be completed from 2023 and enable new wind farms and potentially new tidal power projects on Orkney to send electricity to the rest of Great Britain.

Ofgem launched a consultation in December last year on proposed changes to SSEN’s plan to ensure value for money for all consumers.

Following consideration of consultation responses and further analysis, Ofgem has decided to approve the plan subject to the conditions set out in its decision.

Approval is conditional on a total of at least 135MW of new wind farm projects on Orkney either being awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD) or being judged likely to be developed by December 2021.

Ofgem would expect to be satisfied that new wind farm projects are likely to be developed despite not being awarded a CfD if an independent audit states that the project is financially viable, has signed a relevant grid connection agreement and has been granted planning permission.


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