Scots firm plugs in to cable deal

Ecosse is in line to share in the benefits of the 1.2bn construction project to carry renewable power from Highland. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Ecosse is in line to share in the benefits of the 1.2bn construction project to carry renewable power from Highland. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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Underwater engineer Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has laid the foundations of its biggest deal to date as it seeks to participate in one of Scotland’s largest energy projects.

The Banchory-based firm has signed a letter of intent with ABB, the power and automation technologies group, for a seabed clearance and trenching project.

The agreement would see EES prepare the route for the 100-mile interconnector cable at the centre of Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission’s £1.2 billion Caithness-Moray link project.

It said that, depending on the final scope and options selected, the contract will be ESS’s largest ever award.

The Caithness-Moray cable will be capable of carrying 1.2GW of renewable energy generated in the north of Scotland to the main UK electricity transmission network. ESS has already started pre-engineering work on the project.

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