Dalcour Maclaren has been awarded a significant contract by SONI, Northern Ireland’s grid operator, to lead its new landowner engagement framework. This partnership underscores SONI’s commitment to upgrading the electricity grid infrastructure, supporting Northern Ireland’s 2030 target of achieving 80% renewable electricity.

As the Transmission System Operator for Northern Ireland, SONI plays a pivotal role in the strategic planning and execution of grid upgrades essential for the transition to a greener economy. The new framework with Dalcour Maclaren will enhance these efforts, ensuring effective collaboration with landowners and local farmers throughout the project lifecycle.

Dalcour Maclaren, the UK’s leading professional services consultancy for the utilities and infrastructure sector, specialises in land surveying, geomatics, environmental planning, and property asset management. With over 475 staff and a network of 18 offices across the UK and Ireland, including locations in Ballymena, London, Stirling, Crewe and Thetford, the company is well-equipped to support SONI’s initiatives.

Joanna Watters, Associate Director at Dalcour Maclaren, emphasised the importance of landowners in the success of Northern Ireland’s renewable energy projects. “We are delighted to have secured a place on the SONI Landowner Engagement Framework. This contract represents a significant milestone for Dalcour Maclaren and aligns perfectly with our ambitious growth plans for Northern Ireland," said Joanna.

“Our delivery model is deeply rooted in technical expertise, extensive experience, and a steadfast commitment to service excellence. We have a proven track record of delivering major infrastructure projects over the past 20 years, showcasing our collaborative approach and innovative solutions, particularly in live reporting."

James Neil, CEO and founder of Dalcour Maclaren, expressed his enthusiasm for the new framework. “We are excited to commence this partnership with SONI. Having operated in Northern Ireland for over nine years, this contract is another significant step in our growth journey. It’s a positive development for both Dalcour Maclaren and Northern Ireland as we collaborate with SONI to advance its Net Zero and connectivity objectives."

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Joanna Watters

Associate Director