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Four named on SSE £450m framework

Four contractors have secured a place on SSE’s overhead line delivery framework in northern Scotland for contracts totalling £450m.

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission, part of the SSE group, awarded contracts to Amec Group, Babcock Networks, Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions and a Morgan Sindall and Vinci Energies joint venture (MSVE Transmission).

The framework involves the design, supply, installation and commissioning of new build 132 kV, 275 kV and 400 kV overhead lines as well as the refurbishment and upgrade of existing overhead lines.

Individual contracts worth between £5m and £50m will be awarded over the five-year framework, with a possible four-year extension.

Works are due to start on site in 2015 and are expected to support more than 600 jobs.

The framework is part of SHE Transmission’s £1.5bn capital investment programme to improve the region’s transmission network. This investment may be increased to £4bn if required, the group said.

The framework follows the awarding of £600m-worth of contracts in April last year to boost the delivery of new electricity substations in northern Scotland.

The winning consortia for the £600m deals included a new venture (Miller Quatro) between Miller and Spanish firms Sacyr Industrial, Isastur, and Aditel.

The other consortia to win places were: ABB UK and Balfour Beatty Engineering Services; Alstom Grid UK and Enterprise Utility Services; and Bam Nuttall and Siemens.

Balfour Beatty Power transmission and distribution director of strategy Jonathan Chapman said the contractor now had turnover of more than £400m in the sector.

He said the company was targeting frameworks as “a core way of gaining market share” including with clients SSE and National Grid.

Vinci Energies UK managing director Rochdi Ziyat added: “MSVE Transmission was awarded its first overhead line contract in 2011 with National Grid, and since then has invested in a programme of training and development to ensure it is well placed to carry out this specialist work and meet the UK’s future overhead line requirements.”

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