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We are developing a proposal to replace the existing Lerwick Power Station at Gremista with a new power station near Rova Head. The proposal forms part of a wider plan we are developing to meet Shetland’s future energy needs, including the potential contribution of renewables and the Northern Isles New Energy Solutions (NINES) project.
We have now submitted an application for planning consent to build the proposed new power station to the Scottish Government. Full details are available on the project information page.
Regardless of fuel type, electric energy is created by burning the fuel to create high pressure steam which drives a steam turbine. This turns the generator to create electricity.
The existing Lerwick Power Station at Gremista is approaching the end of its operational life. Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) has submitted a plan to Ofgem to ensure that the energy needs of Shetland can be met in the future. A key element of the proposals is the development of a new, modern power station near Rova Head, between the town and Dales Voe. Following consultation held during 2012 and in the first half of 2013, we have now submitted an application for planning consent to build the proposed power station to the Scottish Government under Section 36 of the Electricity Act. This is accompanied by a detailed Environmental Statement reflecting the environmental studies which have been carried out over the past year. You can find out more about our proposal by watching the short video below:
Copies of the submission documents, including the full Environmental Statement, are available for public viewing at Shetland Islands Council Headquarters in Lerwick and at Shetland Library. The non-technical summary of the Environmental Statement is available to download below. Members of the public can submit representations to the Scottish Government during the statutory consultation period, which runs until Monday 4 November 2013. These can be sent:
Any questions about the plans can be raised with SHEPD’s Liaison Manager. Please note that questions or comments submitted to SHEPD are not formal representations to the Scottish Government and these must be submitted directly using the address details provided above.
To introduce our proposals for the power station, an initial public exhibition was held in the Auditorium at the Shetland Museum and Archives in June 2012. A further event was held at the same venue in May 2013 to present more developed proposals and receive feedback. The display boards from the both public consultation events remain available to download below. A scoping report outlining the environmental work to be done as part of the planning process was issued to statutory and non-statutory consultees early in the development process. This is also available to review below. If the option to use gas as fuel for the new station is pursued, a gas supply would be needed via an underground pipeline from Sullom Voe. The proposal for a pipeline was the subject of a separate consultation in 2012 and, if taken forward, consent would be applied for separately from the power station. You can read more about the pipeline proposal here.
Take a look at Lerwick Power Station