Construction of the first substation at Spittal, Caithness, in northern Scotland has begun. The whole project is due to be completed in 2018.
Swiss firm ABB will design, engineer and install the 160-kilometres of cabling between Keith, and Spittal. The link will travel under the Moray Firth.
It has been designed to carry 1.2GW of energy projects – largely wind — in the far north of Scotland to the more densely populated south.