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Balfour Beatty Contracts to Replace Transmission Line in Scotland

Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been awarded a contract by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Limited, a subsidiary of SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy), to replace the electricity transmission line between Beauly and Wharry Burn, 20km north of Denny.

The contract, valued at approximately £290 million, is a significant part of the overall Beauly-Denny scheme and involves the project development, design, material provision and installation of a 200-km double circuit 400-kV overhead electricity transmission line and associated civil and access works, including construction of temporary access roads and associated improvements to some private roads. It will replace an existing 132-kV overhead transmission line that will be dismantled during the contract period including reinstatement of the existing sites. Work being carried out by Balfour Beatty is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Commenting on the contract award today, Mike Sparrow, Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Managing Director, said:

“We are delighted to be awarded this complex project to upgrade the electrical infrastructure from the Highlands to the central belt of Scotland. We look forward to working with SSE and local communities to sensitively and successfully deliver this contract which will ensure that Scotland has the robust electricity network necessary to enable it to become a European leader in decarbonization, through connection of its targeted growth in renewable generation.”

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