ENA welcomes Ofgem approval for £1.2 Billion Caithness-Moray transmission link

For immediate release - Friday 11 July 2014

ENA, voice of the energy networks in UK and Ireland, has welcomed Ofgem’s decision to approve the need for a new electricity transmission link in the north of Scotland. The £1.2billion project by SSE’s SHE Transmission arm will link Caithness and Moray and connect new renewable generation to the electricity grid when it is completed in 2018.

Reacting to Ofgem’s decision, ENA Chief Executive David Smith said:   

“Our energy infrastructure requires a huge amount of investment to facilitate the increase in renewable energy sources. The Caithness-Moray Transmission link will connect 1.2GW of new renewable electricity in the north of Scotland, and it is an excellent example of the central role networks will play in the transition to a low carbon energy mix.
 
This level of investment in infrastructure will also provide a real economic boost in the communities of Caithness, Moray and the surrounding areas with over 600 construction jobs created by the project.
 
I am delighted by Ofgem’s  decision to give SHE Transmission a green light for this project, which is a welcome step towards a secure, affordable, low carbon energy future which will benefit consumers across the UK for years to come.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

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