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  • Pentland Firth East Cable Replacement Successfully Completed

  • We have successfully completed the replacement of a major £30million submarine electricity cable serving our customers on Orkney.

    The 33kV cable, which runs between Murkle Bay, near Thurso and Rackwick Bay on the island of Hoy, is one of two connecting the islands to mainland Scotland. The new cable will ensure strengthened resilience of power supply for many years to come.

    Mark Rough, our Director of Operations said: 

    “The Pentland Firth East project is one of the biggest standalone projects we’ve completed in the north of Scotland and we’d like to thank our contract partners, archaeological and ecological experts, engineering teams and local suppliers for their professionalism and dedication to ensure the successful delivery of the subsea cable installation and land-based works on Hoy.”

    Following the installation of the 37km subsea cable, it will be possible to remove around 7km of existing overhead power lines at Rackwick on Hoy. Burying these cables underground will help to enhance the natural beauty of the area and support local wildlife.

    James Stockan, Leader of Orkney Islands Council, added:
    “The new cable will secure Orkney’s electricity supply well into the future and I am delighted this crucially important work has been completed successfully. In addition, I am pleased that the onshore work at Rackwick and beyond had been carried out to a very high standard in an area renowned for its wildlife and natural beauty – a challenging task undertaken with great skill and sensitivity.”

    Our Commitment
    Wherever possible, we proactively consult with our local communities, local businesses, elected members and other key stakeholders to help minimise disruption. We work with local media and identify multiple channels to help promote our projects and engage with as wide an audience as possible, in the planning and delivery of our important programme. 

    Stage 4
  • Cable coming ashore at Rackwick Bay
  • A typical subsea electricity cable installation

    Find out how we went about installing a 10.8km submarine electricity cable between Rousay and Westray in the Orkney Islands in early Summer 2018.