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We provide energy solutions which optimise existing assets. We integrate new technologies to deliver improved performance and commercial benefits.

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UK Power Networks Services earns place on £650m Network Rail design framework

29 January 2020: The distributed energy solutions provider will support the energy transition of the UK’s railway infrastructure.

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Industries

Our clients include some of the highest profile public and private sector organisations with critical infrastructure in complex environments.

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London City Airport

We finance, own, operate and maintain London City Airport's existing electricity network. Through optimum asset management, maintenance and replacement, we ensure that the airport maintains supply resilience to support its daily operations and help it achieve its sustainability ambitions.

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Solutions

We deliver safe, reliable and innovative bespoke energy solutions enabling our clients to concentrate on their core business.

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How can I achieve my sustainability ambitions?

The UK has committed to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. It has set an ambitious legal target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

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Careers

Employing world-class engineers and professionals, we pride ourselves on the expertise of our people to deliver for our clients

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The power of diversity and inclusion

Embracing diversity and inclusion as a strategic imperative is critical for any organisation that strives for high performance.

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Kent Power Supply Enhancement

We upgraded the electricity infrastructure on the north and mid-Kent lines to meet the Train Operating Company’s aspiration to run 12-car trains, increasing capacity by 20%.

Background

The project addresses the requirement to upgrade the E&P infrastructure on the north and mid-Kent lines to meet the Train Operating Company’s (TOC’s) aspiration to run 12-car trains, increasing capacity by 20% from the current 10-car units.

Phase 1 enhances the infrastructure to cope with a limited number of 12-car Class 465 units on the lines between London and Gravesend, London and Hayes, and London and Sevenoaks. The works are designed to achieve a 7.5kA route setting.

 

Scope

To provide a 7.5kA route setting and a traction voltage uplift to 750V DC third rail, covering the refurbishment and upgrading of twenty two substations and Traction Paralleling Huts (TPHs) and forty eight Electrical Track Equipment (ETEs). This required around 70km of cable and many associated other electrical works, operating on a short timescale at over seventy sites.

 

Substations and Traction Paralleling Huts (TPHs)

  • 33kV switchgear – three panel HVCB suite
  • Transformer rectifiers – 3MW Class G
  • 750V switchgear – switchgear resistor change, 4kA DCCBs, 6kA Main DC and cables to rectifier; 8kA Main DC and cables to rectifier
  • Protection equipment – overload changes to new route setting, decommissioning and removal of MITS equipment, increase rectifier protection; impedance protection and frame leakage
  • SCADA – new RTU, update existing RTUs
  • Battery chargers - new TPH, DC switchgear, HV switchgear and rectifier
  • LV equipment – supply to new TPH; 70kVA 33kV. 415V aux. transformer
  • New or diverted LV supply
  • Data and telephone lines – removal, provision, diverted
  • Removal of old equipment
  • New positive (1000mm) (240mm) and negative (800mm) cabling
  • UTX for CMS
  • TPH module base

 

Enhanced ETE

  • Replacement of VIR & VB cables, CAD welded cables and degraded (bubbled) insulation cables

 

Challenges

This very significant programme of works had to be achieved in a very tight timeframe, with over seventy work sites to be surveyed, design and consultation to be carried out, planning secured (Section 61) where needed and agreed works undertaken.

A ‘one team’ approach helped considerably in meeting the fast track pace; facilitated by co-location of Network Rail, UK Power Networks Services and the delivery supply chain at our Chatham office

 

Achievements

  • Rapid mobilisation and set-up of integrated project management office with supply chain
  • TP Hut works started in week three
  • First new DC switchgear commissioned in week ten
  • Track ETE started in week three
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