Plans for a straight replacement are being ditched in favour of installing a new
cable within the bridge.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said it amended its plans following
Kirstine Wood, of SSEN, said: “I would like to thank those who have provided feedback
throughout the proposal development so far.
“The comments received last year have now been factored into the current design.
“The proposed replacement involves placing the electricity cable into a special duct
within the Scalpay Bridge rather than laying it on the seabed.
“I am keen to ensure that we have accurately acted upon the opinion of those living
in the area and would encourage the local community and any interested stakeholders
to provide any additional comments they may have on what we believe is a responsible
and satisfactory proposal.”
SSEN is encouraging anyone with an interest in the proposal to provide feedback before
making an application for a marine licence, which is required before the cable can
be replaced. The consultation closes on 10 May.
Electricity cable link to run through bridge
20 April 2017
The electricity supply to Scalpay is to run through the bridge linking the island
to mainland Harris.
The existing submarine cable - laid on the seabed across the Sound of Scalpay - is
at the end of its operational life.