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Balfour Beatty wins £43m Scottish electricity upgrades

Balfour Beatty has won two contracts for electrical works totalling £43.5m in the north of Scotland.

The contractor will upgrade overhead lines and underground cables for a 103 km route as part of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks’ Beauly to Keith 132 kV modernisation programme.

The larger of the two contracts is worth £36m and covers the design and delivery of overhead line works between Beauly, Nairn, Elgin and Keith.

A second contract worth £7.5m is for the design, engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of underground cabling sections along the route.

Balfour Beatty will begin work imminently, with completion scheduled for early 2021.

Andy Smith, operations director for Balfour Beatty’s power transmission and distribution business in Scotland, said: “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.”

Balfour has now won around £90m of work improving power lines in the north of Scotland, having bagged two contracts totalling £47m to upgrade the network between Fort Augustus and Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.

The Scottish Government announced plans to hold discussions with Balfour Beatty over the contractor’s decision to cut 25 roles from its Scottish power and distribution division in March.

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