412MW Viking may not add up

Burradale, Shetland's only existing wind farm, is a top performer

Burradale, Shetland's only existing wind farm, is a top performer

For the first time, Viking Energy has acknowledged that its planned 412MW onshore wind farm on Scotland’s remote Shetland Islands may not be economically viable without the Scottish or UK government granting additional financial support.

“With the numbers being mooted by National Grid, we do not think we’d be able to get the project away,” Viking Energy chairman Alan Bryce tells the BBC.

“We have a big advantage in Shetland with regards to the level of output,” Bryce says. “But that’s not enough in itself to overcome the charges that we would be facing if they were as high as they are mooted, and if the level of revenue support was no higher than what you would get for a mainland wind farm.”

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