A joint venture (JV) featuring French company Vinci Energies and UK-based construction firm Morgan Sindall has secured a new design-build contract for the development of power transmission infrastructure in Scotland.

Installation of 18.5km-long overhead lines will help connect Knocknagael substation with the new Tomatin substation in Inverness, Northern Scotland.

The work also includes 160km of conductors and the laying of a fibre optic earth wire between the Knocknagael, Farr and Tomatin substations.

“Installation of 18.5km-long overhead lines will help connect Knocknagael substation with the new Tomatin substation in Inverness.”

Valued at £30m, the new project is part of a power transmission line contract with Scottish Southern Energy Networks (SSEN). To be carried out over a period of two years, it will involve the installation of 73 transmission towers in remote areas, which can only be accessed through purpose-built temporary access roads.

Once completed, the new power transmission line will support the Scottish high-voltage transmission grid and help develop onshore windpower generation in the area around Tomatin.

Vinci Energies UK CEO Rochdi Ziyat said: “This is a major project for Omexom and a good opportunity to demonstrate our expertise.

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“Our work to design and build overhead lines and transformer stations for SSEN reflects the confidence the client places in us based on our close working relationship going back several years.”