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  • Pentland Firth East cable replacement

  • Why are we carrying out the works? 

    Two subsea cables in the Pentland Firth supply electricity from the mainland to the Orkney Islands via the island of Hoy.

    Routine inspections have identified that the Pentland Firth East cable is nearing the end of its operational life. More recently, two faults have occurred on the cable requiring emergency repairs. The repairs were successful, and the cable continues to supply electricity, however, a longer-term solution is needed to maintain electricity supplies to homes and businesses.

    The same inspections revealed that the Pentland Firth West cable is in good condition and no further action is required at this time.

    The proposal

    The marine licence application for this proposal has now been submitted and the documents can be viewed below. 

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