Energy

Offshore wind developers picked for three sites east of Shetland

THREE projects will be offered seabed agreements for offshore wind developments to the east of Shetland following Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind clearing process. A total of 14 applications were received and three have been taken forward. In total the three floating wind projects would generate around 2.8GW of electricity, covering just over 560km2. The total […] Shetland News …


Ninian Northern jacket successfully transferred to waiting barge

TEAMS working for the various partners involved in the decommissioning of the Ninian Northern jacket are preparing the next phase in the operation after the 8,500 tonne steel structure was successfully moved from the Pioneering Spirit to the barge Iron Lady on Friday. Mooring the barge at the Dales Voe quay, to be followed the […] Shetland News …


Ninian Northern jacket arrives for decommissioning

THE WORLD’s largest construction vessel has arrived in Lerwick as the decommissioning of the Ninian Northern oil platform reaches its next phase. The huge Pioneering Spirit arrived at Dales Voe in the early hours of Friday morning carrying the 8,500 tonne, 83 metre high steel jacket from the platform following removal in a single lift from the […] Shetland News …


Plans for floating wind farms move ahead as steel specialist joins project

THE TEAM behind plans to build large floating offshore wind farms to the west of Shetland and in the central North Sea has welcomed the global energy industry’s commitment towards the project which is also expected to bring new manufacturing capacity to Scotland. Dan Jackson of Cerulean Winds was speaking after United Arab Emirates (UAE) […] Shetland News …


Help available for those struggling with high energy costs

SHETLAND Islands Council is encouraging households who might be struggling with energy costs to consider applying for assistance from the Home Heating Support Fund. The Home Heating Support Fund provides financial relief to Scottish households experiencing significant financial hardship, regardless of the fuel or payment method used. Eligibility for funding depends on certain criteria being […] Shetland News …


Relief as Shetland misses out on major offshore wind development

THE local fishing industry has expressed relief after it emerged that a large area to the east of Shetland is – for the time being at least – not going to be developed by the offshore wind industry. Concern has been expressed that the rush to develop large offshore wind farms around the Scottish coast […] Shetland News …


Microplastics not an issue, Viking insists

THE DEVELOPER of the Viking Energy wind farm has given categorical assurances that Shetland’s drinking water will not be affected by microplastics that might be shed from turbines. SSE Renewables’ stakeholder manager Aaron Priest was responding to questions at last night’s (Tuesday) virtual meeting of the Viking Community Liaison Group. Priest questioned the credibility of […] Shetland News …



Carmichael speaks up for tidal energy industry

PRIME minister Boris Johnson has given a commitment to at least investigate the possibility of creating a dedicated support scheme for tidal energy as part of the upcoming Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction. Challenged in parliament by Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael on Wednesday, Johnson said he was impressed by the proposals coming from the […] Shetland News …


Large offshore wind farm proposed north of Shetland

A NEW floating offshore wind farm is being proposed to the north of Shetland – with plans to link the development to a hydrogen refinery in the isles. The 10GW offshore wind farm, which would be located 136km north of Shetland, is being proposed by Aker Horizons, and it was unveiled at the COP26 climate […] Shetland News …