Highlands & Islands

First subsea cable laid in £1.1bn Caithness-Moray project

NKT Victoria Image copyright Stuart Nicol Photography
Image caption The cable is being laid by a ship purpose-built for the work

The first of two sections of a high-voltage subsea cable has been laid in the Moray Firth as part of the £1.1bn Caithness-Moray transmission project.

A new ship purpose-built for the work, the NKT Victoria, laid the cable from Noss Head in Caithness to a midpoint in the firth.

NKT Victoria Image copyright Stuart Nicol Photography
Cable laying ship NKT Victoria Image copyright Stuart Nicol Photography
Image caption NKT Victoria has capacity to store 10,000 tonnes of cable
Worker standing on coil of subsea cable Image copyright Stuart Nicol Photography

The vessel has sailed to Sweden to reload the remaining cable to be laid from Portgordon in Moray to the end of the previously-laid cable later this month.

The cable will have capacity to carry up to 1,200MW of electricity generated by renewable energy projects in the north of Scotland to other parts of the country to power homes and businesses.

Inside NKT Victoria Image copyright Stuart Nicol Photography
Image caption The ship's crew can control remotely-operated vehicles to aid in the cable-laying work
NKT Victoria Image copyright Stuart Nicol Photography

Led by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), the £1.1bn Caithness-Moray Project is to be completed next year.

NKT Victoria, described by SSEN as "state-of-the-art", is being used for the first time.

NKT Victoria Image copyright SSEN

It has capacity to hold 10,000 tonnes of cable and has remotely-operated vehicles for checking the laying of the cable in a trench ploughed by another ship in March.

In total, NKT Victoria will lay more than 70 miles (113km) of subsea cables.

Inside NKT Victoria Image copyright SSEN
Image caption NKT Victoria has been described as state-of-the-art

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