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Balfour Beatty secures £35m wind farm connection contracts in Scotland

CTBR Staff Writer Published 04 March 2016

Balfour Beatty has won contracts worth £35m from Scottish Hydro Electric (SHE) Transmission for the design and build the Bhlaraidh and Beinneun Wind Farm Connections Project near Fort Augustus, Scotland.

Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty will carry out the electrical transmission network connections to both the wind farms.

The company will design and construct a new substation, renovate the two existing substations, establish connection to a fourth substation built by a developer.

Balfour Beatty will design and install a new 7.5km 132kV underground cable system, and renovate the 21km of 132kV overhead line.

The construction works on the two farms is slated to begin in April 2016, with delivery expected in spring of 2017.

The two wind farms will be able to provide power to more than 90,000 homes.

Both the facilites will feed renewable energy generated directly into the national grid network.

They will contribute towards the 2020 target for 100% of Scotland's electricity and 11% of Scotland's heat demand being generated by renewable sources.

Balfour Beatty project manager Stephen Donnelly said: "With a greater demand to connect renewable energy to the Grid, Balfour Beatty is ideally placed to build both the generation connections into the network and the transmission infrastructure.

"We are focused on providing solutions to help ensure the future security of renewable energy supply across the UK, reducing carbon emissions and contributing to 'keeping the lights on'. Utilizing our unique ability within the industry of a single-source solution from design to build, we're able to deliver maximum efficiency, a smooth running project and minimal disruption to the public".

Recently, Balfour Beatty sold an 80% stake in the Thanet offshore transmission project (Thanet OFTO) to Equitix for £40m. The project connects the 300MW Thanet wind farm, off the east coast of Kent, South East England, to the onshore transmission grid.

Image: The two wind farms will power up more than 90,000 homes. Photo: Courtesy of Balfour Beatty 2016.