A Shetland-based firm has been awarded a multi-million pound contract to support the installation of a subsea cable between the island and the mainland.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Network (SSEN) Transmission and its principal contractor for the manufacture and installation of the Shetland link HVDC subsea cable, NKT, have appointed Tulloch Developments to deliver the onshore civil engineering works.
It’s hoped the award will support the creation of new jobs and make a “significant contribution” to the island’s economy.
Tulloch Developments will deliver all the cable installation civil engineering works from where it makes land fall in Shetland to the new switching station at Kergord.
The works will include the creation of haul roads, new access points, local road improvements and the cable transportation.
The Shetland HVDC transmission link will allow green energy produced by SSE Renewables’ 103-turbine Viking Onshore Wind Farm to be fed into the grid.
SSEN, which is a subsidiary of SSE, previously said it expects construction works to be completed by December 2023.
It’s not the first time Tulloch Developments has been involved in the project after it previously built access roads to the Viking site.
John Scott, SSEN Transmission project director, said: “We want to see as many local companies as possible involved in every aspect of the Shetland HVDC link project, from engineering expertise and technical support to the provision of accommodation and staff welfare.
“So, we’re delighted this multimillion pound contract has been awarded to local firm Tulloch Developments, supporting the creation of local jobs. We look forward to working with more local businesses as we work to deliver this nationally significant infrastructure project safely, on time and on budget.”
Claes Westerlind, EVP and head of solutions at NKT, said: “We are committed to working with the local supply chain to ensure that our projects deliver real benefits locally.
“Since being announced as the cable manufacture for the Shetland link project back in August last year we have been working closely with the local businesses on the various supply chain opportunities available.
“We are delighted to award the contract for the civil engineering works to Tulloch Developments, they bring with them a wealth of experience and local knowledge.”
George Smith, director at Tulloch Developments, said: “Over the past 40 years we have had the opportunity to work on some of the most significant projects in Shetland, we are delighted to have been awarded the contract and look forward to playing a key role in the delivery of such as significant project for Shetland.”