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An artist's impression of the North Connect Converter Station from Lendrum Terrace, Stirling Hill, Boddam
An artist's impression of the North Connect Converter Station from Lendrum Terrace, Stirling Hill, Boddam

Aberdeenshire Council have approved an application by a Scandinavian consortium for an electricity converter station and underground cables near Peterhead.

NorthConnect plans to connect power networks in the UK and Scandinavia via a 650km underwater power cable between North East Scotland and Norway.

The converter station and onshore cables are required to connect the interconnector cable to the National Grid.

The next step for the NorthConnect partnership in Scotland is to submit plans for the sea-based part of the interconnector.

Construction of the converter station and the underground cables will not start until all consents are in place and final investment decisions are taken by the partners.

Currently, NorthConnect is scheduled to start operating from 2022.

Richard Blanchfield, the UK Project Manager for the NorthConnect project, said: “We’re obviously happy that Aberdeenshire Council has supported the NorthConnect project.

“This major investment is an opportunity for the north-east economy, it will help keep the lights on in Scotland, press down on household electricity bills and allow the green powerhouses of Scotland and Scandinavia to deliver their low carbon potential.

“NorthConnect is also an important European project as it has been designated as a project of common interest and is being considered for Electricity Highway status by the EU.

“We will work closely with residents around Boddam and Stirling Village to ensure that during construction of the converter station and laying the underground cables that any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum.”

NorthConnect submitted a planning application to Aberdeenshire Council in spring 2015 for a converter station and associated onshore, underground cabling.

This follows more than a year of engagement with local residents in and around Boddam.