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The Unst Partnership

The Unst Partnership was established in January 2000 by the Unst Community Council, Shetland Islands Council and Shetland Enterprise Company in response to the need for economic regeneration on Unst, due to the announcement of the drawdown at RAF Saxa Vord and the previous closure of the airport, leading to the loss of 250 jobs and the rapid depopulation of the island.

The Unst Partnership is committed to addressing the recent decline in the Unst economy, and co-ordinating the implementation of the Unst Plan.

The Unst Plan envisages a long term programme of economic regeneration in Unst, focussed on broadening and deepening the economic base on Unst, promoting the distinctiveness of Unst, and maximising the benefits of continuing activity at RAF Saxa Vord.

The Unst Partnership also aims to provide a focus for information, advice and support for all community development initiatives being investigated or undertaken on Unst. The Unst Partnership is formally constituted as a company limited by guarantee with charitable status.


Pure Project

The PURE project is a pioneering project on the windswept island of Unst, the most northerly island in the British Isles. The PURE project ( is a demonstration project showing how wind power and hydrogen technology can be combined to provide the energy needs for a remote rural industrial estate.

This is the first community owned renewable energy project of its kind to achieve funding anywhere in the UK, and represents an important milestone in the development of green energy systems.

Wind power alone is not sufficient to meet the energy requirements of the island population (currently just over 700). The island can be subjected to violent storms, but at other times there may be no wind at all.  However, hydrogen provides an excellent energy storage medium for the surplus energy produced by the wind turbines. The hydrogen can then be used as and when required, either for conversion back to electricity via a fuel cell, or directly as fuel in much the same way as LPG or natural gas.

For further information, contact:
Sandy MacAuley
Unst Partnership Limited
Hagdale Industrial Estate
Baltasound, Unst
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1957 711838

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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210