Disappointment as wave power project abandoned

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A 20 megawatt wave power project planned for Shader on the West side of Lewis has been abandoned.

The project by Voith Hydro Wavegen has been shelved due to a lack of funding and uncertainty surrounding the subsea cable across the Minch.

A spokesperson for Comhairle nan Eilean said: “The news is obviously highly disappointing. The delays in the interconnector and high transmission charges have not helped and are a continued hindrance to renewable energy developments in the Islands. The Comhairle will be relaying concerns on these matters to Government. We’ll also be talking to the company to see if there are any ways to re-instate the project.”