Perth-based electricity generation, transmission, transformation and distribution services provider, Omexom, has been awarded a significant overhead line contract worth £15m by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD).

The contract is designed to enhance the resilience of the electricity network and will cover all aspects of overhead line construction including new build and refurbishment – and will facilitate the connection of renewable energy schemes such as wind farms, hydro, photovoltaic and bio mass.

Managed and delivered from Omexom’s office at Dunning, near Perth, the contract will cover the highlands and islands regions and will employ a workforce of up to 40 staff.

Andy Young, Business Unit General Manager for Omexom UK Distribution Overhead Lines, said:

"We are very pleased to have been awarded this three-year overhead line contract with SSEPD, a longstanding customer with whom Omexom has worked with since 2006.

"Our work will involve the replacement of old low voltage conductors, wooden poles, support stays and steel works which help to improve the quality of the network.

"We will also replace the old 11 kilovolt (KV) and 33 KV conductors with modern aluminium and copper conductors allowing for a much greater network capacity for customers. In addition, we will build new sections of overhead lines which allow for network expansion & the connections of wind farm or hydroelectric schemes in order to export electricity to the grid."

Under parent company VINCI Energies, Omexom is responsible for the design, supply and construction of electrical infrastructure solutions throughout Great Britain and Ireland.

Omexom UK & RoI’s Managing Director, Alastair Dawson, said:

"Omexom has a strong working relationship with SSEPD built up over the last 10 years, so it is fantastic to be able to announce yet another significant contract win.

"It is extremely heartening to know that our customers continue to place their confidence in the work that we carry out."