J. Murphy & Sons Ltd has been named as a preferred bidder by electricity network giant SSEN Transmission to deliver the c. £10bn onshore infrastructure Accelerated Strategic Transmission Investment (ASTI) upgrade framework.

The ASTI framework includes a programme of overhead lines, underground cables and substations in order to redevelop the transmission network in the north of Scotland between now and 2030.

Jon Downs, Managing Director of Murphy’s Energy team, said:

"We are very proud to have been selected as a preferred bidder by SSEN Transmission and to be playing our part in redeveloping the transmission network in the north of Scotland between now and 2030.

With our company purpose ‘to improve life by delivering world-class infrastructure’, we look forward to applying our direct-delivery expertise in providing collaborative, complex energy transition infrastructure in order to ensure Government’s net zero and energy security strategies are met."

Rob McDonald, Managing Director of SSEN Transmission, said:

Our Pathway to 2030 network redevelopment programme will play a huge role in delivering Scotland and the UK’s net zero targets and the selection of this group of preferred bidders for crucial elements of that redevelopment work is a massive step forward in delivering that.

As we aim to conclude contract negotiations in the coming weeks and months, we look forward to working with each of the selected contractors in the delivery of our ‘Pathway to 2030’ projects.

Not only will this work support the delivery of UK and Scottish Government net zero and energy security targets, but our forthcoming investments will provide significant local and national economic opportunities, helping unleash the economic potential of the north of Scotland.”