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Final chance to have your say on Finstown substation

A digital model of the proposed substation in Finstown.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is set to hold six public consultation events across Orkney regarding the company’s transmission infrastructure project.

The events, beginning on Monday, September 24, will be held in Stromness, St Margaret’s Hope, Flotta, Hoy, Firth and Kirkwall, and will set out the latest designs for all elements of the project, in addition to the options still under consideration.

This will be the final consultation event for the proposed substation at Finstown, the subsea cable and the underground land cable that will connect Finstown to the subsea cable.

SSEN will then host a further round of consultation in spring 2019 on the onshore infrastructure required to connect renewable projects on Orkney to the Finstown substation.

The decision to hold a further round of consultation follows extensive interest in this part of the project from the local community and other key stakeholders and will provide those parties more opportunity to consider and influence the project’s final design.

Commenting on the next round of consultation, Peter Jordan, project manager for the proposed substation at Finstown, said: “Throughout the development of the project we have worked closely with the local community and where possible, have tried to factor in their feedback as we have refined our plans.

“As this is the final round of public consultation we are planning to hold for these elements of the project, it is the last opportunity the local community to influence our final designs before we submit our planning applications.

“I would therefore encourage anyone with an interest to come along to our events and respond to our consultation.”

Next week’s events are:

  • Monday, September 24: Stromness Community Centre, 2pm–6pm.
  • Tuesday, September 25: Cromarty Hall, St Margaret’s Hope 2pm–6pm.
  • Wednesday, September 26: Flotta Community Centre, 9.30am–1.30pm.
  • Wednesday, September 26: North Walls Community School, Hoy, 4pm–7pm.
  • Thursday, September 27: Firth Community Centre, 2pm-6pm.
  • Friday, September 28: Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall, 2pm-6pm.

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