Council agrees to progress Scatsta land lease

Land at Scatsta. Credit: SIC

Shetland Islands Council is pleased to announce that it will soon be entering into negotiations with Statkraft and partners to agree a lease for the land around the disused Scatsta airport. 

The Council will continue discussions with Statkraft, Aker Horizons Asset Development and Mainstream Renewable Power to develop the site for future energy production.  

Matt Kelly, Statkraft’s Vice President of UK Hydrogen said: ‘I’m delighted with the outcome of this process, which will see Statkraft and partners utilise our combined experience to harness the renewable potential of Shetland. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with Shetland Islands Council, and solidifying Statkraft’s commitment to the islands, pushing forward the UK’s energy transition.’

Emma Macdonald, Leader of Shetland Islands Council said: "I am pleased that the Council has been able to identify Statkraft as a prospective tenant – they are an internationally recognised, leading generator of renewable energy.  As well as providing employment opportunities for Shetland, their proposal also ties in with the Council’s corporate plan ‘Our Ambition 2021-2026’ and Energy Development Principles.”

The next steps of the process leading to the agreement of a lease will now be subject to commercial negotiations between the Council and Statkraft.  While these matters progress, there will be no further comment from the Council. 

Published: 31st May 2023