UK set to unveil ‘North Sea Supergrid’ plans

12 November 2008 – Plans for a £4.8bn ($7.5bn) undersea power cable between Scotland’s Shetland and London, England are expected to get a boost with the imminent publication of a new study.

Details of a pre-scoping report into the so-called North Sea super-grid are due to be revealed by Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond.

The report will lay out some the technical challenges the project faces.

But it is expected to be supportive of the idea which, if it went ahead, would provide a huge boost to the development of wind, wave and tidal renewable energy projects in the far north.

The UK’s Crown Commission has already carried out its own study stating that the cable is economically and technically feasible.