Balfour Beatty secures £192m Scottish power contract

Location of the Craig Murrail substation

Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £192m contract to construct three new substations in Argyll, Scotland, on behalf of SSEN Transmission. 

The contract to design and build three new 275kV substations in Craig Murrail, An Suidhe and Crarae form part of SSEN Transmission’s Argyll and Kintyre reinforcement strategy. 

On completion they will enhance and strengthen the electrical transmission infrastructure in Argyll to support the expected rise in renewable energy production in the region.

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

Balfour Beatty’s selection builds on its delivery of energy projects in Scotland -  it recently completed the Peterhead substation and was appointed to deliver nine schemes through SSEN Transmission’s Accelerated Strategic Transmission Investment framework.

Balfour Beatty said it will employ a minimum of 50% of its workforce for the Argyll and Kintyre schemes  from the local, surrounding area.

Tony Wilson, managing director of Balfour Beatty UK Power Transmission and Distribution, said: “Today’s announcement marks an important milestone in SSEN Transmission’s Argyll and Kintyre reinforcement works - a project that 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.”

Main construction is due to start late summer 2024. 

At construction peak, Balfour Beatty will employ approximately 200 people including a number of apprentice, graduate and trainee positions.


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