Xodus Group has won a contract with SSE to provide Employers Representative Services for the development and ongoing improvements of its electrical networks.
The contract is for three years with potential extension for a further two years and is estimated to be worth more than £1 million.
It will involve marine surveying of proposed subsea cable routes and landfalls; route development of proposed subsea cable routes; cable installation, cable burial and cable protection operations
The first call-off project under the framework is to support SSE’s electricity transmission business, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission and its Caithness – Moray HVDC Reinforcement project.
Currently under construction, the interconnector cable is approximately 160km long with the 113km submarine section located between Wick and Buckie. It will be capable of transporting up to 1200MW of electricity beneath the Moray Firth when completed in 2018.
Xodus previously worked with SSE for the proposed Western Isles HVDC project. The potential 600MW HVDC link involves connecting mainland Scotland to the Isle of Lewis with a 156km cable, 80km of which would be subsea.
James Hunt, Global Low Carbon Lead with Xodus said: “Work is already underway and going well on the strategically important Caithness – Moray project that will provide secure electrical energy to a large population.
David Joy Cable Engineering Manager with SSE said: “We are delighted to bring in a highly experienced Scottish company to support our team in the delivery of our network reinforcement and replacement projects around Scotland.”