Contract awarded for £47.5m Peterhead substation


BALFOUR Beatty has landed a £47.5 million contract to design and build a 400 kV substation in Peterhead on behalf of SSEN Transmission.

The project forms part of SSEN’s east coast reinforcement programme, which will help facilitate the connection of more renewable energy generation to the national grid.

Having already completed the initial design phase, Balfour Beatty will now begin construction of the substation as well as associated cabling and overhead line works.

The contractor will install the 400kV gas insulated busbars, used to connect high voltage equipment at electrical substations, with AirPlus, which is described as an environmentally friendly alternative to sulfur hexafluoride.

Ian Currie, MD of Balfour Beatty’s power transmission and distribution business, said, “Having secured 15 contracts through the Substation Delivery Framework since our appointment in 2013, we have seen our relationship with SSEN go from strength to strength. We are delighted to be working with SSEN Transmission once again, utilising our unrivalled expertise and in-depth sector knowledge to successfully deliver this critical substation, which will help to power many homes and businesses across Scotland.”

Russell Maxwell, SSEN transmission project manager, added, “The new substation at Peterhead is a key component in our reinforcement and improvement of the transmission network in the north east and east coast of Scotland. Once complete, it will facilitate the connection of new renewable energy to supporting the transition to net zero emission. We are looking forward to building on the already strong working relationship we have with Balfour Beatty as we work together to deliver this important project.”

Completion is scheduled for 2023. Balfour Beatty said that at peak construction, the project will employ a workforce of 100.