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Energy / Tulloch Developments secures major civil engineering contract

Plans for the cable taken from a booklet given out by SSEN in 2016.The route of the proposed subsea cable linking Shetland to the Scottish mainland. Image: SSE

LOCAL firm Tulloch Developments has been appointed to carry out the onshore civil engineering works for the Shetland HDVC link – the interconnector – that will connect Shetland to the national grid.

The multi-million pound contract, announced by SSEN Transmission on Friday, will see Tulloch Developments deliver all the civil engineering works required for the cable installation from where the cable 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 contract will support the creation of new jobs and is expected to make a significant contribution to Shetland’s economy.

Company director George Smith 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.”

SSEN Transmission project director John Scott said the company wanted to see as many local companies as possible involved in every aspect of the Shetland HVDC link project.

“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,” he added.

Head of solutions at cable manufacturer NKT Claes Westerlind said: “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.”

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