Burns & McDonnell offered first HVDC contract in the UK

Jonathan Chapman (Burns & McDonnell)

SCOTTISH & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Transmission has awarded engineering, construction and design firm Burns & McDonnell a contract for the development of technical requirements for parts of their high-voltage direct current (HVDC) projects.

The technical consultancy will be the first HVDC project engagement undertaken by Burns & McDonnell in the U.K. The project scope includes development of technical requirements for the design of HVDC switching stations. Marianne Goldsborough, HVDC business leader, will lead an experienced group of professionals from the company’s U.S. team to deliver the work. She has significant experience developing, implementing and operating HVDC assets within electric utility systems.

The technical requirements will be critical for the future success of SSEN Transmission’s HVDC and network systems, allowing Burns & McDonnell to deepen its partnership with SSEN Transmission as it expands its presence in the U.K. The company has been operating in the U.S. for over 120 years and opened its first U.K. office in 2017. Since then, it has opened new offices in London and Motherwell, Scotland, and tripled the size of its U.K. team.

Jonathan Chapman, UK Managing Director, Burns & McDonnell, said:

“It’s another significant milestone for the company, having been chosen to deliver this first piece of HVDC work for SSEN Transmission in the U.K., and we are excited to strengthen our relationship with a key strategic client.

“We have done a great job of growing our presence and it’s exciting that we’re starting to show our partners here the full range of what we can do. This is a market which is experiencing significant growth and demand, and we will provide the same innovative service that we have elsewhere.”

Marianne Goldsborough, U.S. HVDC Business Leader, said:

“I’m delighted that we are offering and winning HVDC work in the U.K., and I know that network operators will really value the wealth of talent we have in our team. This is a really exciting time to be working on U.K. energy infrastructure, as grid operators work to integrate new forms of power generation.

“I’m excited to engage with our U.K. partners as we address the challenges ahead.”

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