Shetland Islands power plant proposed

8 November 2013

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Plans for a new power station that could run on natural gas north of Lerwick, Shetland Islands, have been submitted to the Scottish government, local press announced late September.

Proposals drawn up by Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) would see a site at Rova Head being dug out of a hill and the rock used to reclaim part of a neighbouring bay for industrial use.

SSE say a peak of 400 people could be employed during the three year building phase, though the average size of the construction workforce would be 60. Plans include a steel-framed building to house engines, boilers, turbines, generators, transformers, offices and welfare facilities, with two 73 metre chimney stacks and tanks able to store up to 17,000t of light fuel oil.