Keltbray pockets £10m package for Highlands wind farm connection


Keltbray has been awarded a £10 million contract to design and build a wind farm connection for a Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) transmission project in Scotland.

Keltbray was appointed prime contractor for the wind farm project at the end of February.

The 11 km² site is located on the Limekiln Estate, just south of Reay, Caithness in the Highlands of Scotland. The land is currently used as a commercial woodlot.

Under the contract, Keltbray will provide all civil and electrical design and construction elements associated with the connection, as well as site environmental management.

This work concerns the foundations, the building, the access roads and the mechanical and electrical services of a new 132kV substation.

It also includes a 5 km 132 kV wooden pole overhead line, including forestry work allowing work and the felling of trees to clear a path for the overhead line.

Keltbray will additionally design and construct 1 km of 132 kv cable between the overhead line and SSEN Transmission’s 132/275 kv substation at Douneray.

On-site construction is expected to begin in July with the target date for energizing the wind farm in April 2024.

Keltbray’s Director of Distribution and Transmission Operations, Liam McMyler, said: “This is an opportunity we have been working on for over twelve months and the award represents an important milestone in our strategy to become a major player in the UK renewable energy market.

“The scope of the project provides us with an ideal opportunity to demonstrate our ability to deliver projects of this scale using our highly skilled in-house resources where possible.”

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