National Grid's Electricity Alliance Central (EAC) consortium has secured a five-year contract extension to deliver major enhancements to the UK's electrical transmission infrastructure.
These enhancements will primarily involve the design, construction and commissioning of 400kV and 275kV substations.
During the deal extension, individual contracts will continue to be awarded based upon work needed, geographical considerations, continual delivery and cost assessment; as a result, it is not currently possible to place a total value on the agreement extension, which is scheduled to run until 2016.
EAC manager Andrew Toal said: "This makes the best use of our individual competencies and shares risk and reward to create an effective team, which safely and efficiently delivers complex substation projects, on time and on budget."
This original award was part of a programme, worth up to £2.8bn to upgrade and develop the electricity transmission network across England and Wales.
Recently, the EAC started work on one of the largest ever substation projects undertaken in the UK, creating a replacement 400kV substation at Deeside in Scotland. This facility will play a vital role in supporting the high voltage transmission infrastructure in north-west England.
The EAC was established in 2006 as one of National Grid's preferred Alliance partners for substation development and construction projects. It operates in National Grid's central region, comprising of the Midlands, Greater Manchester and Liverpool.
Photo: EAC is involved in many electricity projects around the UK. Image: courtesy Evelyn Simak.