20th May 2018
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Viking seeks planning permission for new windspeed masts

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Viking Energy is hoping to erect temporary masts on the proposed windfarm site to help it gather extra information on windspeeds in the area.

An application has been lodged with the council’s planning department for four masts in total, measuring from 60 to 70 metres in height.

The company hopes two of the masts will go up near Voe, with the others sited at Scallafield in Weisdale and Runn Hill in Nesting.

Project manager Aaron Priest said the masts would provide new information on windspeeds in parts of the site which, until now, have not been fully explored.

“We’ve concentrated on some areas for wind data up until now, but there are other areas we would like to examine,” he said. “It is standard practice for any windfarm development.”

The masts will be erected in the Spring should planning consent be granted.

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Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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