MARK WILLIAMSON

SCOTTISHPower is on track to award contracts worth a record £1 billion plus
for work and services in Scotland in the current year amid strong
investment in areas such as renewable energy and smart meters.

The Glasgow based power giant said around 2,400 firms have won contracts
for work in Scotland in the year to date in a development which helped
secure thousands of jobs across the supply chain.

With ScottishPower on track to invest £3bn across the UK in the current
year firms in other parts of the country have also been able to capitalise
one moves by Scottish Power to develop new generating facilities and to
upgrade its networks. More than 3,000 firms in the UK have won contracts.

Keith Anderson, ScottishPower’s chief corporate officer, said: “To help us
deliver some of the most important projects we have ever undertaken, this
year we year we have placed more contracts than ever before, with companies
ranging from global industry leaders to small local suppliers.”

He added: “The energy industry is evolving, are we delivering innovation in
renewables and efficient networks, as well as helping to change the way
customers engage with energy through the upgrade to smart meters.”

ScottishPower is working on a range of major projects in Scotland,
including the construction of eight onshore windfarms.

These include the Kilgallioch windfarm in South Ayrshire, which will have
96 turbines.

It recently built a convertor station at Hunterston in Ayrshire. This forms
part of the £1 billion Western Link subsea interconnector, which the
company says will bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and
businesses in England and Wales.

The company reckons it supports 36,000 jobs across the supply chain in
Scotland.

The firms that have won contracts include Renfrewshire-based C. Spratt
Multi Utility, which has been doing repair and maintenance work on a
network of over 7,500 kilometres of cables across the Glasgow region. It
has 42 people working on the contract.


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