Contractors Balfour Beatty and Amec today won the job to upgrade the national grid in England, enabling it to better connect with renewable sources of energy such as wind farms.
Balfour Beatty will work on the eastern half of the country and Amec, in its joint venture with Mott MacDonald and Babcock International, will work on the west.The five-year alliance contract to upgrade and develop the electricity transmission network is likely to be worth £550M to each contractor, and could be extended for a further five years. Balfour Beatty chief executive Ian Tyler said: 'This innovative contract utilises Balfour Beatty's design, planning, project management, engineering and construction skills in combination.'The contracts begin in April 2007 and their announcement was accompanied by four sub-station upgrade contracts. One of which was won by an alliance of Skanska, AREVA and Mott MacDonald.