Sumitomo places multi-million-pound cable carousel order for its Scottish factory

Japan-headquartered Sumitomo Electric Industries has placed a multi-million-pound order for cable storage carousels for its power cable factory in Scotland.

Source: THREE60 Energy

THREE60 Energy reported it had signed a contract with Sumitomo to design and deliver cable storage carousels for the power cable factory in Nigg for which the Highland Council approved the planning permission at the beginning of the year.

The equipment will be designed and built at THREE60’s manufacturing facilities in Glasgow and the company will work with the Scottish supply chain on manufacturing, fabrication, and transportation support.

A range of different cable storage carousels will be delivered to the Nigg facility, ranging from 250T to 400T, with two loading arm options.

The project is set to take place over the next two-and-a-half years with delivery of the first carousel components planned in mid-2025. The components will then be assembled and tested by THREE60 technicians and engineers on site.

“We are extremely pleased that THREE60 has been chosen by Sumitomo to manufacture equipment for its landmark investment in Scotland, and are proud that our winning proposal has Scottish engineering and manufacturing at its heart,” said Walter Thain, Group CEO at THREE60 Energy.

“As an employer of over 400-staff in Scotland and 1000-staff worldwide, we are delighted to support this project which will bring a whole host of employment opportunities and economic benefits to our region and we are excited to get started.”

THREE60’s pursuit of the opportunity was supported by the economic development agency Scottish Enterprise as part of its responsibility for delivering on Scottish Government strategies for international trade and inward investment.

“The energy transition represents a huge opportunity for Scotland with clear benefits for the whole supply chain – which is why it’s one of three missions driving our new approach to working with businesses,” said Suzanne Sosna, Director of Energy Transition at Scottish Enterprise.

“Alongside our partners at Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Government, we’re working closely with Sumitomo as it expands its operations in the Highlands. It’s great to see THREE60 already benefitting from that work and the connections we’ve helped them make. The company’s engineering and construction expertise is a strong exemplar of the capabilities within the Scottish supply chain.”

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