Balfour Beatty secures £192 million contract to construct three new substations in Scotland

Balfour Beatty has announced that it has been awarded a contract to construct three new substations in Argyll, Scotland, on behalf of SSEN Transmission.

Location of the Craig Murrail substation (Photo: Balfour Beatty)

The contract has been awarded through the GIS2 RIIO T2 framework, to which the company was appointed in 2022.

The contract will see Balfour Beatty design and build the three new 275kV substations in Craig Murrail, An Suidhe, and Crarae.

The new substations are part of SSEN Transmission’s Argyll and Kintyre reinforcement strategy.

Once completed, the company says that it will enhance and strengthen the electrical transmission infrastructure in Argyll to support the anticipated increase in renewable energy production in the region.

Tony Wilson, managing director of Balfour Beatty UK Power Transmission & Distribution, said, “Today’s announcement marks an important milestone in SSEN Transmission’s Argyll and Kintyre reinforcement works. This project is crucial for enhancing substation infrastructure in the region.

“Our expertise in substation delivery, coupled with our local experience, make us the perfect fit to tackle the challenges ahead, deliver the project to the highest of standards and secure the supply of renewable energy to homes and businesses in the region.”

Hector MacAulay MBE, managing director of Balfour Beatty’s regional business in Scotland, said: “We are pleased to be working alongside SSEN Transmission to contribute to Scotland’s renewable energy journey.

“Our commitment to collaboration, the environment and positive social impact will ensure that we not only make a meaningful impact on the region’s energy landscape, but also leave behind a lasting legacy for the communities in Argyll.”

Main construction is due to start late Summer 2024.

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