ABB and BBES will deliver new high-voltage transmission substations to support the expansion of renewable energy generation in northern Scotland.

ABB (SIX: ABBN), working in consortium with Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES), has been awarded a five-year framework agreement for substation delivery by Scottish Hydro Electric (SHE) Transmission plc, the SSE Group company which is the licensed electricity Transmission Owner (TO) in the north of Scotland.
ABB engineer
Through the framework agreement ABB and BBES consortium have to carry out a number of 275 kilovolt (kV) and 132 kV gas insulated switchgear (GIS) and air insulated switchgear (AIS) substation projects.

This is part of the SHE Transmission’s major infrastructure programme to increase the capacity of its network to transport electricity. It will maximise the opportunity for renewable generation within the north of Scotland as well as it will optimise the country’s natural resources.

The initial projects will be 275 kV and 132 kV GIS and AIS substations in the Caithness area, a 132 kV GIS substation in Orkney and a 132 kV AIS substation in Shetland.

The consortium will be based in Kintore, Aberdeenshire and will be supported by ABB offices in East Kilbride and Stone, Staffordshire.

“This framework agreement for SHE Transmission is a very important development that continues our drive to both expand and diversify ABB’s customer base across the UK utility sector,” said Jon Downs, ABB’s Director for Utility Substations in the UK. “With new jobs being created, it also continues the growth of the team we are building in Scotland to support the major business opportunities resulting from the country’s commitment to renewable energy.’

For more renewable power generation news