A partnership to support the development of marine energy around the Shetland Islands in the UK and brings together public, private and local community, was announced Wednesday at the opening of the fair green energy Dynamic Shetlands.

Thus, the Swedish energy company Vattenfall, the Shetland Islands Council and Shetland Charitable Trust, with support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), signed Tuesday, November 15 a memorandum of understanding in Lerwick.

The partners will develop a roadmap to promote the development of marine energy in the territory of the Shetland Islands. It will allow all the inhabitants of the Shetland Islands to appropriate the economic and social benefits of the enormous energy potential of their maritime territory, and the proposed electrical transmission cable connecting them to Scotland.

The first project to the agenda will be a wave project of 10 MW on the west coast of the islands of the northern England.

“We will work with these stakeholders to ensure the people of Shetland economic and social benefits from the large energy potential of their marine environment. Such a partnership is a first in this emerging industry, and presents a unique opportunity to join a major European player to encourage the development of this emerging industry, for the benefit of all, from the beginning, “said Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney.

For Veijo Huusko, director of the Energy Marine at Vattenfall, “The maritime history of the Shetland Islands and their experience in developing large oil and gas platforms make this area an excellent choice for the development of marine energy. The work done by the local community to develop and plan the exploitation of their marine environment is very impressive. This partnership represents a real opportunity to work closely with these communities and develop with them this emerging industry.”

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