The 20 year saga of connecting – or not connecting – the Western Isles to the National Grid via a subsea cable across the Minch has taken a new and dramatic turn which should surely change the terms of the debate. For the past 40 years, the islands’ link with the grid has been maintained with the aid of a subsea cable between Skye and Harris. As this column noted recently, a consultation is currently taking place on upgrading this connection’s land-based element, from Invergarry through Glen Quoich and onwards to Skye. So what’s new? Quite simply, the fact that the subsea cable has failed.
Energy Voice 4th Nov 2020 read more »