SSEN seeks to progress Western Isles Interconnector

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Electricity giant SSEN is investigating how to progress its long-planned Western Isles Interconnector.

For more than 10 years, the company has been planning to lay a subsea cable to link renewable energy projects with the mainland electricity grid.

It has sought to determine at what point its cost of investing in the cable would be exceeded by the benefits of the energy supplied to consumers.

It has previously been estimated the interconnector could cost £780m.

The cable would stretch about 50 miles (80km) from Gravir on Lewis to Ullapool on the north-west coast of mainland Scotland.

SSEN said a…