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SSE Renewables awards contract to Servelec Controls for hydroelectric upgrades

SSE Renewables has awarded a five-year framework contract to Servelec Controls to help SSE Renewables upgrade its hydroelectric assets across Scotland.

According to a press release from Servelec Controls, SSE Renewables’ program is aimed at securing this renewable technology well into the future.

The UK-listed energy company has a strategic focus on renewables, with flexible hydro playing a significant role in this vision. To ensure the next 20 to 30 years of hydroelectric power, the proposed scheme will see SSE Renewables and its supply chain partners undertake obsolescence management of all the company’s hydroelectric assets, with a critical part of this program comprising the upgrade of control and safety systems.

“Servelec Controls’ expert engineers have repeatedly demonstrated that they are able to deliver quality control solutions to improve our operations, on time and within budget,” said Ian Heywood, Programmes Lead Engineer at SSE Renewables. “We’re delighted to have them on board for this upgrade program and confident that they can help us achieve SSE Renewables’ vision of making renewable energy the foundation of a zero-carbon world.”

Servelec Controls says it is now planning for its first project under the framework: the 18-MW Orrin Hydroelectric Power Station. As part of SSE Renewables’ upgrade of Orrin in northern Inverness-shire, Servelec Controls will replace the 17-year-old control system to overcome the potential issues of ageing equipment failure and discontinued spares, as well as create resilience through integrity, reliability and output improvements.