The Caithness-Moray transmission reinforcement project represents the
largest investment in Scotland’s northern energy infrastructure since the
heyday of the big hydro power development era of the 1950s.
The Caithness-Moray project is centred on a 100 mile underground and subsea
cable running beneath the Moray Firth, using High Voltage Direct Current
(HVDC) technology to take off offshore wind-farm generated.
It enables around 1,200 Megawatts of additional renewable generation
capacity to connect to the national grid.
Work on the project is progressing well, with onshore installation of the
HVDC cable in Caithness now largely complete.
Work to install the subsea cable is due to get under way next year, with
the whole project on schedule for completion by the end of 2018.
Meanwhile a report published by Perth-based utility giant SSE shows that
most – £643.5 million – of the £1.1 billion total investment will be spent
with UK suppliers and contractors.
More than £260 million in Gross Value Added will be contributed to the
Scottish economy; and the project will support the equivalent of 4,975
years of employment in Scotland.
Meanwhile, SSE has recruited a new annual intake of more than 100
power-line engineer apprentices.