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SSE Pulls Out Of Scotland-Norway Interconnector Project

Scottish company disconnects – other partners to go ahead

SSE has disconnected from its involvement in the NorthConnect interconnector project to build a 1400MW subsea HVDC electricity cable linking Scotland and Norway.

The electricity giant said it intended to focus on its core markets in the UK and Ireland. It blamed a ‘lack of clarity on the regulatory regime around interconnectors’ ¬†for its decision to withdraw.

The other members of NorthConnect, Vattenfall, E-CO Energi, Agder Energi and Lyse, said it would not affect their plans, while SSE said that its withdrawal ‘does not affect the deliverability of the project’.

Let’s hope that last part is right. This news, coming hard on the heels of the announcement of the Shetland interconnector delay and Voith Wavegen’s withdrawal from Scotland, is another reminder that Scotland’s renewables revolution needs a lot more joined up thinking and serious investment if it is to reach its full potential.

 

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