Well actually that is the spin that the Shetland Times put on it, now amended, but the actual report was quite damaging to the aspiration of the Viking Wind Farm. It would seem ‘annoying’ was used in the medical context, as in stress inducing. The Article is here but more interesting to those that follow the blog is probably the Full Report. The Shetland situation continues with Scottish Government approving the wind farm and then a Judicial Review. The biggest issue at the moment is perhaps the lack of connectivity to the mainland as the output far exceeds the requirements of the 22,000 residents. The Council looks at the £30 million a year that they MIGHT earn but the cost of the undersea cable has escalated. Now Viking suggest that the price is capped at £300 million because they would link in to the Moray offshore connection, halving the cost. I am sure that Moray won’t be giving use of their cable away free. Also Viking seems to expect someone else to pay for it. Well suppose that no one is willing and the costs are nearer £600 million to build. Never mind financing charges, the income would take 20 years to pay off that debt leaving just five years of the theoretical life span to generate some income. With many turbines experiencing a life not exceeding fifteen years, I suspect this will be the biggest white elephant that the Shetland Council could ever lumber their constituents with. Oil brings massive income to Shetland and has made it a successful island. It would seem that, for the Island’s Councillors, the money bank of oil has just fed their greed.
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