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SSEN Transmission announces arrival of new power transformers at Shetland

UK, Lerwick: The project to connect Shetland to the GB transmission network has stepped up a gear.

The Shetland HVDC link team prepares for the arrival of four new transformer units, with the first two transformers scheduled for delivery at their final locations starting later this week.

The four transformer units – weighing around 168 T each – are key components in the operation of Kergord substation and will play a vital role in the Shetland HVDC link. Once complete, the link will enable the connection of renewable electricity generation and help Shetland’s future security of supply.

The first two transformers have arrived in Lerwick Harbour from Sweden via specialist vessel MV Eemslift Ellen.

The first transformer delivery is expected to take place from 10.30pm on Friday, 6 May, with the second delivery taking place from 10.30pm on Monday, 9 May.

The second delivery of the remaining two transformers is expected to arrive in June.

Transformers for SSE Renewables’ Viking Energy Wind Farm project are also expected to arrive in early May, with a similar arrangement expected to be in place to transport the transformers to the wind farm site. A second transformer delivery for Viking Energy Wind Farm is also planned for early August.

“The delivery of the four new transformers from Hitachi Energy is a key milestone in the construction of the Shetland HVDC link. The complex delivery has been carefully coordinated by our project teams, working with our specialist haulier, Allelys, Petersons Shetland, Shetland Islands Council and Police Scotland, to ensure disruption can be kept to a minimum for the local community and road users on Shetland. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community in advance for their patience and understanding while we transport these transformers onto their final destination in Kergord,” said SSEN Transmission Assistant Project Manager Jared Deeney.

Any changes to the delivery dates of the transformers will be publicised on the Shetland HVDC link project webpage and communicated to local stakeholders, including the media.


Source: Inverness Courier