SSE announce completion of £1bn north-east energy link

SSEN - NKT Victoria - Cable Laying Vessel - Aberdeen. The newly launched NKT purpose-built vessel has docked in Aberdeen Harbour in preparation for its maiden project to install two subsea power cables connecting Caithness to Moray. Picture Shows; The Cable Carousel on NKT Victoria, Aberdeen, Friday 19, May 2017.

©Stuart Nicol Photography, 2017
SSEN - NKT Victoria - Cable Laying Vessel - Aberdeen. The newly launched NKT purpose-built vessel has docked in Aberdeen Harbour in preparation for its maiden project to install two subsea power cables connecting Caithness to Moray. Picture Shows; The Cable Carousel on NKT Victoria, Aberdeen, Friday 19, May 2017. ©Stuart Nicol Photography, 2017

The construction of a £1 billion north-east energy transmission link has been completed today, SSE Networks(SSEN) has revealed.

Able to provide 1,200 megawatts (MW) of capacity between the Caithness and Moray regions, the project is the largest single investment ever developed by SSE.

The energy firm confirmed that total spend for the project topped £970m, against of an allowance of more than £1bn.

SSEN, a subsidiary of SSE Group, said that all “construction, commissioning and energisation” work had been successfully completed.

The link will enable energy generated from the Beatrice offshore wind farm (588MW) and Dorenell onshore wind farm (177MW) to connect to the National Grid.

SSEN revealed that a further 100MW of onshore generation will be connected in Caithness and Ross-shire over the next few months.

Dave Gardner, who led the project as SSEN’s director of transmission, said: “The successful energisation and commissioning of the Caithness-Moray link, on time and within budget, is a significant achievement for SSEN and everyone involved in the project.

“Caithness-Moray has been a highly complex project, requiring very high standards of project design, development, construction and commissioning.

“It has been delivered by a team of committed and skilled people, working closely with contractors and other stakeholders.  It will support deployment of renewable energy in the north of Scotland for many years to come.

“Now an operational asset, we will closely monitor the link and associated infrastructure to ensure its continued success as an integral part of the GB transmission system.”

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