AJE’s role helps island connect

AJ Engineering is playing a key role in ensuring that a remote part of Scotland is connected to the British Energy System.

Working for Morgan Sindall on behalf of Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), AJ Engineering has been contracted to fabricate and install a new grid supply point (GSP) substation at Gremista near Lerwick on Shetland.

The multi-million-pound development will allow Shetland to be connected to the GB energy system for the first time.

The project involves three new buildings which will process the electricity generated from the Viking windfarm.

When connected, the GSP will remove Shetland’s dependency on diesel generation as the primary source of generation from Lerwick Power Station.

Graham Alexander said: “Financially, this is a big project for AJE with it currently being at the drawing stage. It’s also significant for the customer as it means for the first time ever, Shetland will not be reliant on diesel. We are expected to start on site in April 2024 with the aim to be completed by November of that year.”

The Viking Wind Farm is not new to AJE.

Last year, the company worked on three separated projects there which involved the detailing and installation of a total of nine buildings which are now being used in various ways to support the infrastructure of the windfarm.


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