Public to be con­sulted on ca­ble In­stal­la­tion

The Oban Times - - News -

THE PUBLIC are to be whether Scot­land’s sub­ma­rine ca­bles, con­nect­ing 59 Scot­tish is­lands to the main elec­tric­ity net­work, should be laid on the seabed or pro­tected dur­ing their in­stal­la­tion.

The dis­tri­bu­tion net­work op­er­a­tor Scot­tish Hy­dro Elec­tric Power Dis­tri­bu­tion (SHEPD) launched a six week con­sul­ta­tion on Tues­day to un­der­stand peo­ple’s views on whether the 111 sub­ma­rine elec­tric­ity ca­bles in Scot­tish wa­ters should be pro­tected within the sea bed or laid on top of it.

The con­sul­ta­tion runs un­til 13 Oc­to­ber 2015 and al­lows peo­ple to feed­back their views on the im­pact any work to the sub­ma­rine ca­bles might have on the marine en­vi­ron­ment, any so­cial and eco­nomic im­pact the works could have and dis­close any con­cerns they have on how much the works could cost.

Cur­rently 110 of the sub­ma­rine ca­bles con­nect­ing 59 Scot­tish is­lands are laid on the sur­face of the seabed.

Alan Broadbent, Di­rec­tor of En­gi­neer­ing at SHEPD, said: ‘It is im­por­tant we se­cure the thoughts of all in­ter­ested par­ties on what they would like us to do with the sub­ma­rine ca­bles, as pro­tect­ing or lay­ing can have dif­fer­ent im­pacts and out­comes. Any ma­jor in­vest­ment de­ci­sion we make re­quires the agree­ment of Ofgem to en­sure it is be­ing made on a sound eco­nomic and ef­fi­cient ba­sis. And any de­ci­sion on the in­stal­la­tion method of the sub­ma­rine ca­ble needs to be ac­cepted by Marine Scot­land.’

Any­body in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing an event or com­plet­ing the con­sul­ta­tion can find de­tails on SSEPD’s web­site or by email­ing sub­marineca­bles@sse.com to re­quest a copy.

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