Marine contractors Briggs Marine, has secured a place on a six-year framework agreement with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) for the replacement and maintenance of its subsea cable assets.
The framework was awarded in August 2017 and will run to 2023. It sees Briggs support over 100 submarine electricity cables which provide power to islands and rural communities, from Shetland to the Isle of Wight.
By securing a place on the framework Briggs will provide survey, inspection, repair, removal and installation services for SSEN’s submarine electricity cable assets. The work will allow Briggs to further expand its subsea cables specialist workforce based in Burntisland, Fife, and complements a series of frameworks already held with other major cable owners.
Craig English, director of subsea services at Briggs Marine, said: “We are delighted to be awarded a place on this framework agreement with SSEN, which continues a long and successful history of working together. The previous maintenance framework has been held by Briggs for more than 10 years, so it is hugely encouraging that we have been selected to provide services once again.
“During the period of this framework, SSEN plans to replace more than 20% of the network. This is a major investment, and so our team is focused on preparations for the busy, challenging workload ahead.
“We were also pleased to see a framework of this significance awarded to a home-grown company. Briggs strives to create local employment opportunities and support the Scottish economy, whilst providing a service offering recognised at an international level. This work represents a significant boost to the local supply chain.”