Balfour Beatty secures £85m overhead line contract in West Scotland

WCN Editorial Team 28 Sep 2021 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Balfour Beatty has secured an £85m contract for the second phase of overhead line works between Port Ann and Crossaig in the West of Scotland, on behalf of SSEN Transmission.

As part of the contract, the company will design, build and engineer a new 45km 275kV double circuit overhead line between the existing substations.

The new power line is expected to strengthen the network and enable the connection of new renewable energy to the grid.

Balfour Beatty Power Transmission and Distribution business managing director Ian Currie said: “At Balfour Beatty, sustainability is at the heart of what we do - we want to build a better, greener future.

“Through our long-standing relationship with SSEN Transmission, we will continue to utilise our expert capability to help provide the necessary upgrades to the Argyll area and beyond.”

This contract comes after the energisation of the project’s first phase, where Balfour Beatty installed 37km of 275kV double circuit line from Inveraray to Port Ann.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) software and drones will be utilised to plan and design the line in order to lower safety risks as well as enhance the quality and efficiency of works.

SSEN Transmission project director Keith Inglis said: “The award of this next phase to Balfour Beatty builds upon the success in phase 1 but also numerous other projects we have collaborated on in the past ten years.”

Works on phase two of the project have already begun, with the complete project set to conclude in 2023. Nearly 300 people are estimated to be working on the project at peak construction.

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The new overhead power line is intended to support the network in the region. Credit: Tonyglen14/Flickr.

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