Plans for the first large-scale pumped storage scheme to be built in the UK for more than 30 years has taken a major step forward as tenders have been received for the project’s main construction works.
Six short-listed tenderers from around the world are taking part in the Invitation To Tender (ITT) process to conduct the civil engineering and mechanical and engineering works on the Coire Glas pumped storage scheme in Scotland.
Reviews of the tenders submitted by six shirt-listed tenderers from around the world are now underway, following which, it is anticipated a preferred tenderer will be selected for the mechanical and electrical scope and two tenderers will be selected for the civil engineering scope.
The preferred tenderers will work with the Coire Glas team on a programme of extensive ground investigation works, running from July 2022 to autumn 2023, which will allow them to refine their proposed project designs.
The selection of the preferred civils tenderer, who will work with the chosen mechanical and electrical tenderer to construct Coire Glas on a turnkey basis, is scheduled for autumn 2023. The construction phase of the project is scheduled to commence in spring 2024 and, is expected to support up to 500 jobs.
The six tenderers shortlisted for the main construction works were Bechtel Ltd., Acciona Construcción S.A. and Webuild S.p.A consortium; BAM Nuttall Ltd, Eiffage Génie Civil SA and Marti Tunnel AG consortium; Dragados S.A and BeMo Tunnelling UK Ltd consortium; and Strabag UK Ltd for the civil engineering scope; and Andrizt Hydro GmbH and Voith Hydro GmbH & Co KG partnership; and GE Hydro France for the mechanical and electrical plant scope.