Contract is for overhead line and underground cabling works

Power lines

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Balfour Beatty has been awarded two contracts worth £47m for electrical power works in Scotland.

The two jobs are part of the Fort Augustus to Fort William 132kV Transmission Reinforcement project.

Both contracts have been awarded by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission, part of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, through two existing frameworks.

The first contract, which is worth £44m, is for overhead line works and will involve the design, supply and installation of a new conductor system as well as structural upgrade works.

The second contract worth around £3m is for the underground cabling works and will include the design, supply and installation of cable systems required to reconfigure the network as part of the overhead line reinforcement programme.

At its peak, the project will employ a workforce of around 110 people including a number of graduates, trainees and locally employed staff and contractors.

The contract is set to start later this spring with completion due in 2020.