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Our project to replace one of the two
electricity subsea cables connecting Bute and Cumbrae is now complete, with new
additional fault detection technology set to be installed.
receives its power from the mainland by two subsea cables, one of which was
approaching the end of its operational life. To ensure it could continue to
deliver a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities on
Cumbrae, we applied to Marine Scotland last autumn for a licence to install a
replacement cable. Following a successful public consultation, the licence was
granted and work on the new 5.8km cable between Kerrylamont Bay in Bute and
Bell Bay in Cumbrae began earlier this year.
new subsea cable is now in place and energised, delivering power to homes and
businesses from the mainland.
90km of submarine cables connecting Scotland’s island communities are being
replaced during the current Ofgem price control period (RIIO-ED1), which runs
from 2015-2023. For more information, please visit