Scottish Island Links

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE-T) is developing three transmission projects which, if completed, would connect Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles respectively to the transmission network on mainland Scotland.

SHE-T submitted the Final Needs Cases for each of these projects during 2018. We expect to consult on the Orkney project in December 2018, and on the Shetland and Western Isles projects in early 2019. These consultations will outline our views on the need for each of the projects, and will also consider the most appropriate delivery model for each project.

All updates, consultations or decisions that we publish in relation the Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles transmission projects will be published here.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 16th Sep 2019
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This document outlines our decision to conditionally approve a transmission link to Orkney, subject to certain conditions being met by December 2021.

  • Published: 12th Sep 2019
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
See our letter providing an update on the proposed Shetland Isles and Western Isles electricity transmission projects.

  • Published: 29th May 2019
  • Closed: 10th Jul 2019
  • Consultations and responses
  • 4 Associated documents
This consultation sets out our views on a proposal by SHEPD to contribute financially towards proposed electricity transmission links to three Scottish Islands.

  • Published: 19th Mar 2019
  • Closed: 31st May 2019
  • Consultations and responses
  • 4 Associated documents
A consultation on the Western Isles transmission project needs case and delivery model.

  • Published: 19th Mar 2019
  • Closed: 31st May 2019
  • Consultations and responses
  • 5 Associated documents
A consultation on the Shetland transmission project needs case and delivery model.

  • Published: 14th Dec 2018
  • Closed: 8th Feb 2019
  • Consultations and responses
  • 4 Associated documents
This consultation sets out our views on Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission’s proposed Orkney project, which would connect the Orkney islands to the main transmission network in Great Britain.

  • Published: 6th Dec 2018
  • Closed: 8th Feb 2019
  • Consultations and responses
  • 3 Associated documents
Extended closing date on the consultation on SHEPD’s derogation request for their Alternative Approach to facilitating electricity connections on Orkney.

  • Published: 28th Jun 2013
  • Decisions, Other
  • 1 Associated documents
This letter explains our decision to send SHE Transmission's 2013 Western Isles Needs Case submission back for further development.