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  • Lerwick-Bressay Cable Removal

  • Project overview

    A decommissioned submarine electricity cable between Lerwick and Bressay in Shetland, was removed from the Bressay Sound in March 2018. 

    Earlier in 2016, this cable was replaced by a directional drilled subsea cable between the two islands, which ensured a safe reliable supply of electricity to the islands residents and businesses. Planning permission for the new cable was granted with a condition that the old subsea cable, which runs across the busy Lerwick Harbour to Heogan on Bressay, be taken out of the water.

    Work to remove this cable was carried out  in 2018 by two vessels, the MPC Advance and the Forth Guardsman. Frequent contact with the Lerwick Port Authority was required to ensure that this main navigation channel was kept open during operations. Divers were also used to cut the redundant cable on the sea bed and ensure that the cable was removed without disturbing a nearby water main. 

    The cable removal, took 7 days to complete with the safety of all our staff, contractors and other sea users our highest priority.


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  • Lerwick to Bressay project video

    Click on the video below to find out about our Lerwick to Bressay submarine electricity cable removal.