Perth utility giant SSE has awarded power infrastructure contracts worth £43.5 million to Balfour Beatty.
The larger project – which has a value of £36m – relates to overhead works along more than 100 kilometres of line running from Beauly to Nairn, Elgin and Keith.
The smaller second contract is worth around £7.5m and will see Balfour Beatty complete design, engineering and construction works for part of the route which will be buried underground.
Balfour Beatty has been collaborating with SSE Networks through the feasibility and development stages of the project since early last year.
“These two contracts are testament to Balfour Beatty’s ability to support our clients through the development stages of projects, identifying design solutions and value engineering opportunities,” said Andy Smith, operations director for Balfour Beatty’s power transmission and distribution business in Scotland.
“This project shows our ability to bring together both overhead line and cabling capability under a single programme of works, reducing the risk to our client of managing design and operational interfaces as the project progresses.”
Work is due to start imminently with completion expected in early 2021.
At its peak, the projects will employ a workforce of around 110 people including a number of graduates, trainees and local contractors.