Firm hails ‘significant milestone’ as it secures SSEN Transmission contract


BURNS & McDonnell has secured a contract for the development of technical requirements for parts of Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Transmission’s high-voltage direct current (HVDC) projects.

The technical consultancy will be the first HVDC project engagement undertaken by the firm, with it including the development of technical requirements for the design of HVDC switching stations.

Marianne Goldsborough, HVDC business leader, will lead an experienced group of professionals from the company’s US team to deliver the work. She has ‘significant’ experience developing, implementing and operating HVDC assets within electric utility systems.

SSEN Transmission said that the technical requirements will be ‘critical’ for the future success of its HVDC and network systems, which it added will allow Burns & McDonnell to deepen its partnership with SSEN Transmission as it expands its presence in the UK.

Jonathan Chapman, UK MD of Burns & McDonnell, said, “It’s another significant milestone for the company, having been chosen to deliver this first piece of HVDC work for SSEN Transmission in the UK, and we are excited to strengthen our relationship with a key strategic client.

“We have done a great job of growing our presence and it’s exciting that we’re starting to show our partners here the full range of what we can do. This is a market which is experiencing significant growth and demand, and we will provide the same innovative service that we have elsewhere.”

Marianne Goldsborough, US HVDC business leader, added, “I’m delighted that we are offering and winning HVDC work in the UK, and I know that network operators will really value the wealth of talent we have in our team. This is a really exciting time to be working on UK energy infrastructure, as grid operators work to integrate new forms of power generation.

 “I’m excited to engage with our UK partners as we address the challenges ahead.”