Construction has started on a new technology centre in Cumbernauld that will test and de-risk the use of high voltage direct current (HVDC) on the electricity network in Great Britain.

The National HVDC Centre, which will be the first of its kind in the UK, is due to open in 2017, creating eight new high-skilled jobs. The facility is the third centre dedicated to the electricity industry to be built in Cumbernauld.

Minister for employability and training and the local MSP for the site, Jamie Hepburn MSP, attended the ground-breaking ceremony to signal the start of the construction of the new centre yesterday.

The National HVDC Centre will be built at Oki Way, Cumbernauld near the University of Strathclyde’s Power Networks Demonstration Centre and Scottish Power’s Training Centre. Glasgow-based construction group CCG is the principle contractors to build the National HVDC Centre, which was designed by Glasgow-based BSP Architects Ltd.

This new centre will be owned and operated by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission), and is funded through the energy regulator Ofgem’s Electricity Network Innovation Competition.

The National HVDC Centre in Cumbernauld will provide a testing facility for electricity Transmission Owners and Operators, suppliers, developers and academic institutions to simulate the use of HVDC on the British electricity network.


News Source: Scottish Construction Now