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Balfour Beatty wins £47m Highlands power job

Balfour Beatty has won two contracts worth a total of £47m to upgrade the electricity network between Fort Augustus and Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.

A £44m contract will see the contractor carry out overhead line works, structural upgrades and the design, supply and installation of a new conductor system.

A second job worth £3m is for underground cabling along with the reconfiguration of the network as part of the overhead line works.

The two contracts are part of the Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) 132 kV Transmission Reinforcement project, which Balfour has been assisting the development of since March 2017.

Work is due to begin on the project in spring, with work scheduled to complete in 2020. Balfour said the job will employ 110 staff at its peak.

The client has insisted improvement works be carried out in a way that allows services between Fort Augustus and Fort William to be maintained.

Andy Smith, operations director at Balfour Beatty’s Power Transmission and Distribution business in Scotland, said: “These two contracts build on Balfour Beatty’s longstanding relationship with SSEN and demonstrate our ability to deploy innovative solutions and deliver challenging projects to exacting safety standards.”

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