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Tugboat to take cable pipes from Norway, HIAL budget problem and more

The SPECIALIST pipes are to be transported by sea by tug from Norway to Shetland for the interconnection project.

Two 35 meter lines should be carried by the tug Nadir in the coming days.

The pipes will be used as cable conduits for the Shetland HVDC Link landing at Weisdale Voe, which will connect the islands to the national grid for the first time.

They will be secured to the vessel using a wire rope and 12t shackle and ball bearing swivel. At the end of the pipes, there will be a Norwegian buoy.

The coast guard will be kept informed of the progress of the towing.

A spokesman for cable developer SSEN Transmission said progress on its HVDC Shetland submarine link is “moving forward”.

“These are specialist pipes that have specific design requirements for our HVDC infrastructure and come from a specialist supplier in Norway,” they said.

“Components are transported safely across the sea and once they arrive they will be transported to site and stored for later use in development.”


HIGHLANDS and Islands Airport Ltd (HIAL) has confirmed that it is scaling back its air traffic control modernization plans due to budgetary concerns.

It comes after the Scottish Government – which funds HIAL – published its plan for the coming year.

The proposal to manage air traffic control of airports remotely from the Scottish mainland, including Sumburgh, had already been scrapped following heavy criticism, but some elements – such as a centralized monitoring center in Inverness – remained .

HIAL President Lorna Jack said: “Like many other businesses, HIAL must reassess spending priorities and options and make tough decisions based on the extraordinary circumstances we all face as global economic pressures have an impact on our daily activities and our future plans.

“The board is considering several options to help address the current budgetary situation and has decided that one of the options would be to scale back air traffic modernization plans for the duration of the strategic spending review. This aligns with the five-year review agreed with the unions in January this year. »


NEW business support for energy bills was welcomed – but more detail is needed.

The message comes after new Prime Minister Liz Truss announced a series of new measures on Thursday aimed at softening the blow from rising energy prices.

Federation of Small Business (FSB) Highlands and Islands Development Director David Richardson said: ‘Businesses desperately need a lifeline that will protect them, the jobs they provide and the communities they support, because all are at risk.

“However, we will have to see more details added to [yesterday’s] make headlines before you can properly judge the value of what’s on offer. Shetland businesses need to know what this means for them in practice.

“Clearly this energy crisis is not going away any time soon, and the FSB says the UK government needs to do much more to support small businesses, including giving them the same two-year cap as domestic consumers – companies need certainty and six months is not enough.


LOCAL arts organization Gaada is participating in this year’s Open Day on the weekend of September 24-25.

Access to the occupied space of the former Burra Methodist Chapel is usually very limited, so the open day provides Gaada with an opportunity to welcome people into the workshop.

People will also be able to create and take home their own typographic postcard.

Doors will be open September 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


A NEW piece of underground pipeline in the area around the Sullom Voe terminal to streamline the way gas from certain assets west of Shetland reaches the Scottish mainland has received planning permission.

The 1.25km link would mean gas from fields like Clair would no longer need to be piped to East Shetland as it currently does, giving it a more direct route to the market.

The new pipeline, which could be operational in 2024, is funded by the partners behind the BP-operated Clair field.


MEANWHILE the The Glendronach gas development – believed to be linked to the Shetland Gas Plant – is set to be sanctioned by the end of 2022, according to one of its developers.

Kistos added that production is expected to begin by the end of 2024.

Glendronach is located west of Shetland.

It lies about 20 miles east of the Laggan gas field, one of the major discoveries which triggered the construction of the Shetland Gas Plant and associated infrastructure.