A subsea electricity link connecting Caithness and Moray in the far north of Scotland has been given the green light by Ofgem.
The transmission line, which is scheduled to be completed in 2018, will add 1.2GW of new renewable energy capacity to the network.
The regulator is currently analysing more details on the £1.2 billion project, including the spending, technical and delivery plans. Ofgem said it will lower the amount of funding allowed to complete the project if it finds it could be delivered for less.
Martin Crouch, Senior Partner – Transmission said: “This is a major step forward for an essential upgrade to the high voltage grid so that more renewable energy can connect to the networks. Today’s decision means that the company can move forward with work on the upgrade.”
The project is being led by SSE’s subsidiary Scottish Hydro Electricity Transmission (SHE).