The Final Needs Case was submitted to us in December 2022. We are currently assessing the project.
SHE-T submitted the Final Needs Case for the proposed Western Isles project in 2018. Following consultation in March 2019, we published an update in October 2019 that SHE-T’s stated condition for approving the project had not been met. We encouraged SHE-T to work with local stakeholders to consider submitting a revised Final Needs Case.
In December 2022 we confirmed that the Western Isles project will be included in the initial list of ASTI projects and pre-construction funding will be provided in summer 2023. The project is still being developed and we expect to receive a request for Early Construction Funding in 2023.