Peterhead substation construction creates supply chain openings for local firms

It has been a busy time for SSEN Transmission and its principal contractor Balfour Beatty onsite at Peterhead substation – in just five months the site has started to take shape.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 7:00 am
The footprint of the new Peterhead substation is beginning to emerge as attention is turning to main construction activities.

The new substation, once complete, will form part of SSEN Transmission’s reinforced network, ensuring the continued safe supply of power to the North of Scotland.

It will comprise two 1200MVA super grid transformers, plant enclosures, a 400kV gas-insulated busbar and substation control building. On completion, the substation will facilitate the connection of new renewable generation to the grid, supporting the transition to net zero emissions.

Since breaking ground, the team has been focusing on works to prepare the site for main construction of the 25,625 square metre substation.

In addition to the construction of the access road, the main earthworks and site drainage works are well underway. All the excavated earth will be retained on site and used to create the landscaped earth bunds which help screen the site.

The foundation works for the main substation building started in February with building foundations starting in March.

As part of its commitment to deliver supply chain opportunities locally, SSEN Transmission and partners Balfour Beatty and RJ Mcleod have engaged the services of local firms Breedon’s providing the aggregate and concrete to site, Alpha Fencing providing new fencing and Dennis Gordon electrical providing electrical support.

Project Manager Russell Maxwell said: “We have made excellence progress in just a few short months. With the primary enabling works now complete we can focus on the main construction activities.

"It’s great to see local firms working on the project, and we hope to offer more opportunities over the next two years. We worked closely with the local community through the development of the project and we look forward to sharing updates with the local community as the project progresses.

"We welcome anyone who is interested in finding out more about the project to get in touch.”

To find out more about the project, go to www.ssen-transmission.co.uk/projects/peterhead-substatio n.