Press Release

Balfour Beatty awarded Fort Augustus to Fort William overhead line and cabling works worth c. £47 million

29 March 2018


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been awarded two contracts worth c. £47m for the Fort Augustus to Fort William 132kV Transmission Reinforcement project.

Both contracts have been awarded by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, part of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), through the existing F2 Overhead Line General Works Framework and the 132kV Underground Cable Works Framework.

The first contract worth c. £44m is for the overhead line works and will involve the design, supply and installation of a new conductor system as well as structural upgrade works. The second contract worth c. £3m is for the underground cabling works and will include the design, supply and installation of cable systems required to reconfigure the network as part of the overhead line reinforcement programme.

As a strategic partner Balfour Beatty has been supporting SSEN through the development stages of the project since March 2017. Balfour Beatty will be deploying the innovative composite core Monte Carlo conductor system, providing SSEN with twice the power capacity of the current steel core conductor. The works will be carried using methods that allow the service between Fort Augustus and Fort William to be maintained throughout the project, minimising any impact to SSEN customers.

Andy Smith Operations Director for Balfour Beatty’s Power Transmission and Distribution business in Scotland said, “These two contracts build on Balfour Beatty’s long-standing relationship with SSEN and demonstrate our ability to deploy innovative solutions and deliver challenging projects to exacting safety standards. We are delighted to have been selected to support SSEN in the reinforcement of this critical transmission infrastructure.”

The contract is due to start this spring with completion due in 2020. At its peak, the project will employ a workforce of around 110 people including a number of graduates, trainees and locally employed staff and contractors.

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Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty ( is a leading international infrastructure group. With 30,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
  • Our main geographies are the UK, US and Far East. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
  • Balfour Beatty’s Power Transmission & Distribution teams work with regional, national and international electricity network owners and operators to provide technical engineering solutions.
  • With experience and expertise across the full spectrum of the electricity grid, including overhead lines, cabling, substations and distribution networks, we deliver a range of proactive and reactive services which support a reliable and safe supply of power flowing to millions of homes and businesses around the world.
  • From scoping and feasibility, to design, construction and on-going maintenance, our in-house experts, flexible resources and industry-leading innovations support clients in the development of some of the UK’s most ambitious power transmission and distribution projects.
  • Current projects within our portfolio include the £121m NEMO Link ( - the fifth major interconnector into the UK which supports Europe’s ‘super grid’ and the £55m London Power Tunnels project ( - a new 32km electricity superhighway deep below the capital, which will help keep Londoners connected to safe and reliable electricity supplies. We are also working on a €219million project for ElecLink to install an HVDC 1000MV electricity interconnector between France and the UK via the Channel Tunnel.
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