Britain’s largest electricity distributor has launched partnerships to help deliver £920million investment in the infrastructure that keeps the lights on in Essex.
UK Power Networks, which maintains cables, substations and power lines for more than a quarter of the UK’s population has announced contracts with six key contractors to build on the reliability and safety of power supplies over the next six years.
Avidety, Freedom, Morrison Utility Services, SPIE, Stormport Professional Services and Reach Active have been selected to work with UK Power Networks to refurbish and upgrade electricity substations and power cables. The teams will also support the company’s response teams during storms.
Brian Stratton, head of distribution capital delivery at UK Power Networks, said: “We have brought together contractors with complementary skills to help maintain and improve our networks while delivering great customer service in the most efficient, effective way.
“We will be investing in improvements to the performance of our electricity network and replacing assets to ensure the network remains safe and resilient for our customers. The overhead line contracts will also ensure we have additional storm support, helping us recover as quickly as possible from emergencies.”
The overhead power line contracts, covered by Freedom and SPIE in East Anglia, plus ReachActive and Avidety in the South East, will deliver overhead line refurbishments up to and including 132,000-volts, electricity poles and component changes and help repair equipment if it is damaged by storms.
The services contracts, held by Stormport Professional Services and Freedom in East Anglia and Morrison Utility Services in the South East, will cover underground network investments. These include replacing equipment in electricity substations, installing new electrical junction boxes, laying and commissioning new underground cabling and fitting out new substations, to improve the reliability of power supplies. They will also be working on overhead line projects, including support following storms.
UK Power Networks also introduced its Capital Delivery Alliance in 2015, a partnership of four key contractors implementing major infrastructure projects over the next 11 years.
The electricity company serves 28% of the UK’s population, delivering electricity to 8.1million connected homes or businesses via more than 46,000km overhead electricity lines and 140,000km underground cables.
Investing in infrastructure is a key part of UK Power Networks’ plans – it’s investing £500million this year to upgrade and maintain its networks as part of a £4.5billion investment during the eight years to 2023 to keep power supplies safe and reliable for homes and businesses.