Balfour takes first phase of £690m electricity line job

Posted on 20 June 2024

​Balfour Beatty has secured a contract to deliver the first phase of a 137km power line project in Scotland.

The contractor will handle the design and development of phase one for Scottish and Southern Electricity Network (SSEN), a portion of the £690 million project valued at £32 million for Balfour Beatty.

Balfour Beatty will focus on ecological and environmental requirements, such as peat management and wildlife translocation. Additionally, they will develop a workers' village on the Isle of Skye to provide on-site accommodation and minimise disruption to local residents.

The new 132-kilovolt line, stretching from Fort Augustus to Edinbane, will connect Skye and the Western Isles to mainland Scotland. Pending planning permission, a full construction contract award is anticipated later this year.

Tony Wilson, managing director of Balfour Beatty’s Power Transmission and Distribution business, stated, “We have a long and proud history of working with SSEN Transmission. This latest award highlights our expertise and capability in delivering overhead lines and underground cabling in complex and challenging environments.”

In September 2021, Balfour Beatty also secured an £85 million contract to develop 45 km of overhead power lines across western Scotland.

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