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Southampton contractor wins Falklands power contract

9 May 16 Southampton-based Trant Engineering has won a £55.7m contract to upgrade the power station, boiler house and district heating system at the Mount Pleasant complex on the Falkland Islands.

The project for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) forms part of defence secretary Michael Fallon’s commitment of £180m investment over the next decade to modernise the military infrastructure on the islands.

The main power station, boiler house and district heating system have been in service for a number of years and the contract is intended to ensure that they continue to provide a safe and reliable means of supplying electrical power and hot water for many years to come.

Simon Trant, managing director international at Trant Engineering said: “We have been working on various infrastructure projects on the Falkland Islands and are operationally familiar with the environment.”

Fallon said: “The upgrading of these facilities is an important part of our major investment plan to deliver better infrastructure for our armed forces. Alongside our recent contract to improve Mare harbour, we are boosting our defensive capability and supporting the Islands.”

VolkerStevin won the £19m harbour contract in March (link opens in new tab).

There are currently about 1,200 military and civilian personnel based in the Falklands. The power and heating contract is expected to be followed by investment to improve new services accommodation at the 3 Radar Heads.

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