24th March 2019
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Offshore solution? (Vivienne Rendall)

If a windfarm of 175 turbines can be built in the Thames Estuary why cannot the proposed Viking Energy windfarm be built off the south-west coast of Shetland, where it would be easier and possibly cheaper to fit the connector cable to Scotland?

That would surely be preferable to despoiling a large area of Mainland?

Just wondering.

Vivienne Rendall

Moor View



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  1. Michael anderson

    This would totaly destroy fishing grounds. As im a fisherman i seriously hope to never see offshore windfarms around shetland where fishing vessels work all year.

    Michael Anderson

  2. ian tinkler

    Michael Anderson, I share your hope. If VE dies, no interconnector, no destruction of our environment, no desecration of Shetland’s land and seas.

  3. Sandy McMillan

    Mr Anderson, there must be fishing grounds around Shetland that are unuseable, I am not a fisherman know nothing about fishing, just what I have heard over the past, that there are grounds that are not suitable for fishing own to the sea bed, and the depth, If there are such grounds why cant the wind farms be situated in these areas. (Please enlighten me.)

  4. ian tinkler

    Sandy McMillan. The wreck Shetland Salmond plan, does not leave much room for the fishing industry or much else.
    The biggest of the five areas currently earmarked around Shet­land is N7, which is 1,074 square miles between Whalsay and Sum­burgh, with another 670 square miles around the West Side and Eshaness, called N5, 482 square miles off Foula and Fitful Head called N4, 186 square miles off the north-east end of Unst called N8 and 138 square miles north-west of Yell called N6.
    Referance: https://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2011/05/27/five-sites-identified-around-shetland-for-possible-offshore-windfarm-development


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