Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks’ Caithness-Moray project has been shortlisted for the Scottish infrastructure category for this years’ RICS awards, Scotland.

The Caithness-Moray transmission link is centred on a HVDC submarine cable in the Moray Firth which will enable around 1,200MW of additional renewable capacity to connect to the electricity network.

As well as the submarine cable, the Caithness-Moray project includes:

  • A new substation and an HVDC converter station at Spittal in Caithness;
  • An expanded substation and an HVDC converter station at Blackhillock in Moray; and
  • Reinforcements of the transmission networks between Dounreay and Mybster and Loch Buidhe and Beauly.

This makes Caithness-Moray the most complex electricity networks project ever undertaken by SSEN and - at over £1bn - the largest.

The RICS Awards recognise the most innovative project in Scotland and their impact on local communities. The Caithness-Moray project has been shortlisted under the Infrastructure category for its contribution to enabling the connection of renewable energy in the north of Scotland.

Chair of the RICS Awards 2018, Scotland judging panel, Colin Smith of Turely, said: “This year we have received some extremely diverse and outstanding projects from all over Scotland. Each and every project showcases the exceptional talent behind these buildings of our future. The variety of projects highlights the development that is happening right across our nation and I am confident 2018 will be a hotly contested year. I look forward to celebrating the successes of Scotland’s exceptional talent and projects at this year’s ceremony in April.”

All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final in November 2018, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.

The RICS Awards 2018, Scotland which will be held on April 19 at The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh, will be hosted by popular TV Presenter Catriona Shearer.


To find out more about the Caithness-Moray project, visit the dedicated project page.

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