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Siemens to build £1bn subsea England-Scotland link

Engineering giant Siemens and cable manufacturer Prysmian has today won the contract to build the £1bn subsea link and on shore connections between Scotland and England.

Regulator National Grid and energy firm Scottish Power have today awarded the £1bn contract to build a subsea electricity link which will help transport renewable electricity between Scotland and England.

The 420km long, 2.2GW capacity link will run between Hunterston in Aryshire, west Scotland to the Wirral, near Liverpool, underneath the Irish Sea. Construction is due for completion in 2016.

The link will enable large volumes of wind energy and other forms of renewable energy to be transferred from Scotland to areas of higher demand in England.

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  • Ayrshire is in west Scotland. Otherwise it would be a long link round Cape Wrath!

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  • If this National Grid connection is to be under the sea rather than suspended from pylons, and of course most connections to windfarms are under sea in any case, shouldn't this become the norm with the remaining connections also be laid this way rather than having rows of pylons marching across the Scottish Highlands.


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  • What are the potential long term adverse consequences for marine biologically life. Do the magnetic fields cause adverse changes ?

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  • Lionel jones

    I don't think it will be good for intelligent marine life like dolphins and porpoises.

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