The Scottish government will hold discussions with Balfour Beatty over the contractor’s decision to cut 25 roles from its Scottish Power and Distribution division.
Balfour Beatty confirmed it would cease operations at its substation design office in Kintore, Aberdeenshire, after two years of challenges for the division and a shrinking pipeline of future work.
Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the government will engage with the contractor over the job losses.
The office will close at the end of the month with 25 roles being made redundant. The contractor said it would now “make every effort” to find roles for these workers in other parts of the business.
Engineers at the office had worked on electricity substations for SSE and Scottish Power. The only part of the division to remain operational will be the control systems design team.
Responding to minister’s questions on the redundancies last week, Ms Sturgeon revealed the government would engage with Balfour Beatty.
She said: “Such decisions and announcements are always of concern and this one is no different.
“In direct response to MP Lewis Macdonald’s question, I say yes, we will engage with Balfour Beatty on the matter.”
A Balfour Beatty spokesperson said: “The last two years have been challenging for our Power Transmission & Distribution business in Scotland, with little sign of a step change in the near future.
“In light of this we have made the difficult decision to cease operations at our substation design office in Kintore by the end of March 2018.”