Burns & McDonnell expands UK presence with substations framework appointment

Jonathan Chapman

Burns & McDonnell has announced it has increased its footprint in the UK transmission market by joining the SSEN Transmission engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) substations framework.

The business joins other selected suppliers to perform substation work providing the design, engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of substations in Scotland. The framework includes a tranche of capital projects and new renewable grid connections to be delivered over the next five years.

Burns & McDonnell explained the work will support SSEN Transmission over the RIIO T2 regulatory period and facilitate the transition to a low carbon economy by preparing the network for net zero whilst maintaining ‘safety, reliability and security’ of supply.

This follows the announcement in 2021 that Burns & McDonnell had been selected by National Grid for a similar substation framework and selected by SSEN Transmission to deliver projects under its new protection and control (P&C) design framework. The P&C design framework will support the growth of SSEN Transmission’s high voltage electricity transmission networks across the north of Scotland as it accommodates new connections and renewable energy sources.

Jonathan Chapman, UK MD at Burns & McDonnell, said, “I’m proud that SSEN has chosen to partner with us on a second major framework, and I’m looking forward to working closely with its teams. SSEN Transmission is at the forefront of the UK’s transition to net zero, and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to support its work to deliver a sustainable and reliable network.”