§ Sir J. Langford-Holt
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what consideration he has given to the construction of a base load power station on Shetland whose power would be transmitted to the mainland; and whether he will make a statement;
(2) what studies he has initiated into the feasibility of the use of gas piped ashore at Sullom Voe for the generation of electricity useable on the main grid.
The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board is actively pursuing with the British Gas Corporation and the oil companies the possibility of using gas landed at Sullom Voe for the generation of electricity to meet demand in Shetland.
Decisions about the provision of additional generating capacity in Scotland are taken in the first instance by the Scottish electricity boards in the exercise of their 22W commercial judgment. The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board has not yet submitted any proposal to me for the construction of a generating station on Shetland to transmit power to the mainland.