Balfour Beatty selected for £70m overhead line works in Scotland

WCN Editorial Team 17 Sep 2019 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

UK-based construction company Balfour Beatty has received a £70m contract to deliver Overhead Line works in the west of Scotland, UK on behalf of utility firm Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SSEN Transmission).

Under the two-year contract, Balfour Beatty will design, construct and engineer the new 37km, 275kV double circuit Overhead Line, which will connect the two Argyll towns of Inveraray and Lochgilphead.

The work forms the first phase of SSEN Transmission’s Inveraray to Crossaig project which aims to strengthen the existing transmission network.

The project involves the construction of a new 275kV overhead line, initially operated at 132kV between Inveraray and Crossaig, extend the existing connection from Port Ann to the new overhead line, and decommissioning/removal of the existing 132kV transmission line between Inveraray and Crossaig.

Balfour Beatty power transmission and distribution business managing director Ian Currie said: “We are committed to delivering this latest Overhead Line asset with a focus on embedding innovation to continuously improve the safety and productivity of the project.

“We look forward to supporting the continued delivery of the stable and ongoing supply of electricity to the communities in the west of Scotland.”   

In addition to allowing renewable wind power facilities to be connected to the national electricity network, the new Overhead Line will ensure the continued security of the supply of power throughout the west of Scotland.

Balfour Beatty said that the team will deploy Building Information Modelling (BIM) software and drones to plan and design the line.

The use of BIM software and drones is expected to reduce the work required at height, thus improving the quality, safety and efficiency of works.

Works are due to start this autumn with the first phase scheduled for completion 2021. The project is expected to create 220 jobs during the construction phase.

In August this year, Balfour Beatty signed a $780m (£643.2m) construction agreement with Matthews Southwest to deliver the Broward County Convention Center expansion project as well as add a new four-diamond Headquarters Hotel in Fort Lauderdale in Florida, US.

The $900m (£720.9m) project involves the addition of more than 525,000ft² of meeting space to the Broward County Convention Center and an 800-room, four-diamond Omni Hotel on the property.

Image: The Inveraray to Crossaig project aims to strengthen the existing transmission network in Scotland. Photo: courtesy of Balfour Beatty.

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