The new Lerwick power station being proposed for Rova Head could run mainly on gas supplied from Sullom Voe through an underground pipeline.
The proposal is one of two options being put out for public consultation by Scottish and Southern Energy to replace the old and dirty diesel-burning station at Gremista. The second option is to power the new station with light fuel oil.
SSE development manager for the replacement power station, Jim Lawrie, said plans were at an early stage and the company looked forward to discussing them with the Shetland community.
“The purpose of this project is to make sure homes and businesses have a reliable and secure power supply after the existing Lerwick Power Station closes. Whichever option is selected, a new, modern station would be more efficient with lower emissions and a reduced impact on air quality in the town.”
The Rova Head site is where Shetland Islands Council’s disused incinerator stands and was also used as a dump for many years. The land is owned by Lerwick Port Authority, which is keen to gain ownership of the harbourfront area which would be vacated if the power station moves.
A public exhibition on the new power station proposals is to be held at the Shetland Museum on Wednesday 13th June with the project team present to answer questions.