Iberdrola Engineering and Construction UK has expanded its Scottish operations by completing the process of incorporating 96 members of the ScottishPower Energy Networks team into the newly formed business. A new framework agreement will also see the company carry out all contracted work on high voltage power lines and substations across ScottishPower’s electricity networks in southern Scotland and Merseyside and North Wales.
The company recently announced the creation of a UK business to support major infrastructure investments being made by ScottishPower and ScottishPower Renewables, as well as future energy projects in the country including offshore and nuclear. The new division will be located in Bellshill, approximately 12 miles from Glasgow.
The announcement instantly more than triples the size of the business, which has been operating on a limited basis with around 30 employees since 2009. Plans are in place to increase the number to 150 by the end of this year, with further expansions in following years.
As well as contracted work on electricity networks, the business will also focus on renewable energy projects, traditional power generation and future nuclear developments. Two of the key areas will include major offshore wind power projects that are planned in the UK, as well as a generation of planned new-build nuclear power stations. The new unit will also be working on major environmental improvement projects at ScottishPower’s power stations, such as the Carbon Capture and Storage project at Longannet Power Station.
Peter Jones, regional director of Iberdrola Engineering and Construction UK, said: “This is a very ambitious and exciting project in which we are building an operation from scratch through a combination of ScottishPower resources, key employees from Iberdrola Engineering and Construction and new hires. There are major construction opportunities in the UK energy sector, and we hope that the business will continue to expand in the coming years.”
Iberdrola Engineering and Construction UK is the third largest energy engineering company in the world by sales, with a project portfolio currently exceeding €2.5 billion and operations in a total of 30 countries. It is one of the world’s leading engineering companies in the nuclear field, where it is currently upgrading nuclear power stations in Russia and developing nuclear projects in another 10 countries. The Company is also active in wind farm construction, with projects in Spain, Mexico and Poland, among others.
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