Multi-technical services provider SPIE UK has been awarded a Wood Pole Overhead Line framework by UK Power Networks to upgrade electrical infrastructure across East Anglia and South East England.
SPIE UK is one of six contractors chosen by UK Power Networks for the initial two-year framework, which features a four plus two year extension.
As part of a £920m investment project by UK Power Networks, SPIE UK will be responsible for managing the design and planning of projects associated with the overhead distribution system. Work will be carried out during the first year and SPIE UK will be stationed in the East of England, outside of Colchester.
The company will focus on wooden poles supporting cables operating from 230V up to, and including 132,000V, which will be part of UK Power Networks’ goal to supply electricity to 3.5 million households and businesses across the East of England.
UK Power Networks' distribution capital delivery head Brian Stratton said: “We consider that the skills and experience required to deliver this scheme are met by SPIE.
“They are as committed as we are to improve the performance of our electricity network and have the added capability to provide the necessary resources we expect for storm cover.
“We see SPIE as being able to add value in providing a quality electrical infrastructure for our customers.”
The project will also include the replacement, renovation, and construction of overhead lines, in addition to pole changes, inspections, and terminations.
SPIE UK will also be responsible for supporting UK Power Networks’ storm response team throughout the year.
Image: SPIE UK is one of six contractors selected for UK Power Networks’ Wood Pole Overhead Line framework. Photo: courtesy of SPIE.