Gas pipeline plans to be revealed

Two exhibitions will be held by energy company SSE this month to begin consultation on a proposed pipeline which would be required if the planned replacement for Lerwick Power Station was to be fuelled by natural gas.

At the start of the summer, SSE unveiled proposals to replace the power station at Gremista, which is coming towards the end of its operational life, with a new station on a site near Rova Head. Options are being explored to fuel the power station by natural gas or by light fuel oil.

The exhibitions to be held at Shetland Museum on Tuesday 27th November and Voe Hall on Wednesday 28th November will show the proposed pipeline from Sullom Voe and the route options being investigated.

Members of the public are invited to ask questions and provide feedback on the options.

SSE’s development manager for the replacement power station and pipeline Jim Lawrie said: “Earlier in the year, we began the process of developing our plans for a new power station. We are grateful for the feedback we have had on those plans and expect to be ready to present more detailed proposals early next year before applying to the Scottish government for consent.”

Following the consultations, any comments must be in by 4th January. A report will be published which will help to define an environmental impact assessment for the proposal.

Mr Lawrie said: “We would encourage anyone with an interest in our proposals to come along to one of the exhibitions and talk to us. We are at a very early stage, so we are keen to understand any issues so that we can address them in the development process.”


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