Siemens and BAM awarded major transmission network framework
Bunnik, the Netherlands, 11 April 2013 - A joint venture team comprising the Power Transmission Division of Siemens Transmission and Distribution Ltd and BAM Nuttall Ltd has been awarded one of three delivery Lots by SSE electricity transmission network business, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission PLC (SHE Transmission).
The framework is part of a major system reinforcement by SHE Transmission to accommodate further onshore wind, new offshore wind and emerging marine generation developments, a key element of Scotland’s low carbon ambition. The framework is for five years with the facility to extend for an additional four years. The initial value is anticipated to be up to £200 million.
The award for Lot 3 (Moray and the West) includes five new substations. Siemens and BAM are responsible for the entire scope including the design, manufacture, construction and commissioning of the new assets incorporating site access, platform construction, foundations and both GIS and AIS substations.
The award builds on an already successful partnership between Siemens and BAM following the successful completion of the Britned Convertor Station in Kent in 2009 and similar projects in the Netherlands and Germany.
Commenting on the award John Willcock, managing director, Siemens Energy Transmission UK said: ’This is great news for Siemens and BAM, who have been working together for over a year now. We now have the opportunity with SHE Transmission to set new performance benchmarks for substation delivery based around a new model of collaboration based around excellence in design and construction, behavioural safety transformation and developing local skills. The work we are undertaking will contribute to the Scottish Government’s targets on renewables and generate economic and social benefits. We are delighted to have been successful in this award.’
Operations director for BAM Nuttall, Ian Dalgleish commented: ‘SHE Transmission was looking for a single entity to deliver all aspects of their new assets with no gaps. The teams from Siemens and BAM matched this brief, combining the capabilities of a global specialist in the manufacture and installation of transmission equipment with one of the UK’s leading infrastructure partners, which will be delivered through a local team embedded in Scotland.’
The Siemens and BAM team recognises the vital role to be played by local suppliers in helping to deliver the programme. The JV has registered with SSE’s Procurement portal called Open4Business which will be a central part of its local procurement strategy. This will help the team to promote supply opportunities early on to ensure that local businesses remain fully engaged with the project teams.
Siemens and BAM are currently developing solutions for early schemes in the programme with construction expected to start later in 2013 and continue through until 2018.
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