About us

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

About us overview
UK Power Networks Services to help deliver Greater Manchester’s greener future

19 September 2019: We are delivering projects to renew and upgrade Manchester Metrolink’s electrical 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.

Our industries
Manchester Airport

We relocated a substation from the middle of the aircraft taxiway to enable the airport’s expansion programme. The substation powers associated airfield ground lighting and airport communications.

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Solutions

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

Our solutions
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

Careers
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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Rail

We work with Network Rail, London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and High Speed 1 to deliver traction power and innovative energy solutions.

Rail

We work with Network Rail, London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and High Speed 1 to deliver traction power and innovative energy solutions.

The rail industry in the UK is gradually evolving as new technologies become available and an increased demand is putting pressure on the associated energy infrastructure. The UK government has announced it will spend £48 billion on rail in 2019 to 2024, which is in addition to recent record rail funding as the government delivered the biggest rail modernisation programme for more than a century.

Case study

Great Western Electrification Project

The Great West Electrification Project (GWEP) is a Network Rail initiative, which introduces electrification infrastructure and modern electric trains to the Great Western Mainline route.

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Implementing new energy technologies

Technologies to help reduce the energy demand on the network, such as regenerative braking, and addressing the risk of energy losses through the network are currently underway, however, now is the time to investigate solutions like energy storage and renewable generation to improve efficiencies and reduce carbon, and be prepared for the impact of the Digital Railway.

Increasing energy demands

As new rolling stock enter service across the UK’s rail networks, the trend for bigger, faster and more energy-hungry trains with additional customer conveniences like air conditioning, longer trains and more frequent services is placing pressure on existing infrastructure to keep up with the demand.

Energy infrastructure needs to be able to keep up with this demand, however, this can be very costly and time consuming, especially when new grid supply points are required which may take up to six years to commission.

The Digital Railway initiative will eventually contribute to energy demand issues by significantly increasing the capacity of railways for passenger and freight journeys. It is predicted there will be a billion extra passenger journeys by 2030 and at the same time, the network needs more space for freight trains, which shift £30 billion of goods every year.

Case study

High Speed 1

We were commissioned to design, construct, operate and maintain the electrical infrastructure of HS1, the UK’s first major railway constructed in over a century and its first high-speed railway. The project was delivered on time and on budget, within a contract that extends for 50 years after the start of railway operation.

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Our work on GWEP enabled us to showcase our focus on innovation, and this was realised through the implementation of two ground-breaking initiatives: the Rationalised Autotransformer System and use of polyfibre-reinforced concrete.

Sustainability and energy efficiency

Changes to energy use in the rail sector is not limited to traction power. Renewable generation like solar PV is becoming more common at stations and maintenance depots, and with the uptake of electric vehicles continuing to increase, customers and staff will expect charging infrastructure to be available in station car parks.

As consumption increases at stations themselves due to customer demand, efficiency strategies will need to be developed to offset these increases, reduce costs and enable sustainable power consumption.

Our solutions

How can I design and build my network?

A growing business needs a safe and sustainable electrical distribution network that can grow with it.

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How can I develop my energy infrastructure strategy?

Costs continue to rise, and companies must maintain resilience at the same time as cutting carbon emissions in order to meet sustainability targets.

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