The three contractors have been selected by UK Power Networks to refurbish and rebuild existing 33kV and 132kV powerlines in the southeast and east of England. New fibre optic cables will also be installed to send signals to equipment.
Working with project managers and surveyors at UK Power Networks, the contractors’ responsibilities will include design, feasibility and construction works involved in replacing electricity lines, increasing capacity and renewing components on steel pylons.
The contracts come into effect immediately, covering the two years up to the new RIIO-ED1 funding framework, starting in April 2015.
UK Power Networks director of capital programme Nirmal Kotecha said: “We are delighted to be working with three contractors, including two new suppliers, which bring a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to our business. Together, we will deliver essential improvements to our electricity networks to maintain reliable power supplies.
“Our aim is to deliver exceptional levels of performance in customer service, safety, quality and sustainability. We hope our suppliers will implement innovative ideas which fit in with our vision to be a respected corporate citizen, sustainably cost-efficient and an employer of choice.”
UK Power Networks is investing £360m on its networks this year. It is responsible for operating 46,837km of overhead electricity network across the southeast and east of England.
UK Power Networks staff recently met the selected contractors in London to start planning the projects. Pictured below are (from left): Mike Snee, managing director Electricity Network Solutions; Jon Allan, head of investment delivery at UK Power Networks; George Fisher, general manager, Electricity Network Solutions; Graeme Stewart, project director, Costain; Doug Cook, UK Power Networks’ capital programme manager for the south east; Andrew Roper, transmission and distribution engineering, Costain; Mick Tracey, UK Power Networks’ capital programme manager for the east of England; Graham Carr, managing director, Carillion Utility Services; and Andy Joy, operations director, Carillion Utility Services.