Scottish and Southern Energy Signs Partnership Agreement with Viking Energy
Scottish and Southern Energy plc ("SSE") has signed a partnership agreement with Viking Energy Ltd ("Viking Energy"), the company established to represent Shetland Islands Council's interests in wind farm development, which is intended to lead to the development on Shetland's Central Mainland of a 600MW wind farm.
Each organisation has a 50 per cent stake in the partnership and its creation follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by SSE and Viking Energy during 2005.
Under the agreement, the new partnership will, later this year, submit a planning application for the wind farm. Its development is subject to, amongst other things, planning consent being secured and to the construction of a sub-sea cable between Shetland and the mainland of Scotland.
Sir Robert Smith, Chairman, who signed the partnership agreement for SSE in Shetland, said:
"SSE has a long-established track record in renewable energy and ambitious plans for the future. This agreement helps pave the way for a renewable energy project which can be a world leader in terms of scale, the richness of the natural resources being harnessed and the involvement of the local community. Our partnership with Viking Energy is an exciting and significant step forward and I am optimistic that our joint venture for this leading-edge renewable energy project will become a reality."
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