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Comment posted RSPB Scotland ‘disappointed’ by Scottish Government consent to Shetland Viking wind farm by Robert Wakeham.

The info was googled, and I can’t be sure it’s up-to-date, but apparently the Sullom Voe power plant originally built by BP is now run by an independent Finnish company; the gas turbines must be getting pretty old but for all I know they’ve already been replaced, and I assume (but stand to be corrected) that this is a cleaner source of electricity than the Lerwick diesel plant. Incidentally, the latter is the site of a giant experimental sodium-sulphur storage battery of a type that recently went on fire at a power station in Japan. It’s cleverly sited next to the diesel fuel storage tanks.

Robert Wakeham also commented

  • I think their scale is different – they really can dwarf a landscape in a way that I don’t perceive in ordinary roads or even power pylons, unless you can only see them from afar.
  • What interests me, as wind farms proliferate, is not just their impact on the view from inhabited areas and main roads but also the impact on your surroundings if you venture into more remote areas – the degree to which you see them not as the odd cluster in the landscape, rather as a horde of different clusters closing in on you from different directions – threatening to overwhelm the environment. Perhaps I’m getting paranoid.
  • There’s another factor in the Shetland electricity supply – a gas turbine plant that serves the Sullom Voe complex but also generates 43% of the grid electricity. With the ongoing Total gas processing plant development at Sullom, what’s the betting that the economics of running the Lerwick diesel power plant might become increasingly unattractive?
  • A windfarm of this size can surely only function in combination with a new undersea power connector between Shetland and Scotland.

Recent comments by Robert Wakeham

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    For Nigel MacLeod: given the current ‘pause’ in this website’s customary wide coverage, the way in which the discussion under this particular topic has spread to cover all things Calmac is surely not in the slightest bit surprising – and if particular issues arise concerning Islay service provision I’m sure that people will be keen to add their comments.
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    That’s her just passing Peterhead on the way home.
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    And the ‘Isle of Arran’, over in Aberdeen, is no longer in the dry dock – so perhaps she’ll return to action fairly soon.
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    ‘…but dogma stood in the way’, a common trait, a disquieting number of politicians – of all persuasions – seem to be dogma driven (or, to cover the spectrum, ‘in default mode’ / ‘swivel-eyed’ / displaying signs of rabies) far too often.
    Products of an immature democracy?, or maybe just lazy, cynical, preening, self-serving trumps (same as – or worse than – shits, but less likely to be snagged by a computerised internet filter).
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