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Preferred bidder selected for Shetland subsea cable project

SSEN Transmission has announced the selection of the Sumitomo Electric Van Oord Consortium as the preferred bidder for the Shetland 2 High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) link subsea cable.

This project aims to connect Shetland to the main GB transmission system, supporting energy security and decarbonisation goals.

The need for a second HVDC link was confirmed by the National Grid ESO as part of their strategic network plan, ‘Beyond 2030’.

The link will facilitate the connection of three ScotWind offshore wind farm sites near Shetland and ensure the island’s future electricity needs.

The Shetland 2 project is expected to support Sumitomo Electric Industries’ investment in a new cable manufacturing facility at Nigg, creating hundreds of skilled jobs in the Scottish Highlands.

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