Vattenfall wins first power distribution network contract in UK
Partnership with Helvellyn to operate wires for Leeds plant
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Vattenfall Networks, the UK’s newest independent electricity network provider, less than a year after starting business, has won its first distribution network contract with Helvellyn Group, the alternative fuel manufacturer.
The 100-year old Swedish energy group, which has invested £3.5bn in the UK energy sector since 2008, will own and operate the new network, constructed by independent connection provider Green Frog Connect, at Helvellyn’s new plant in Leeds, later this year.
Stewart Dawson, the Managing Director of Vattenfall Networks, said: “The first of anything is always precious so we are of course delighted to partner with Helvellyn and own and operate the new electricity network at its Leeds plant.
“We believe our competence and experience brings customers, such as Helvellyn, peace of mind to get on with their business. Our new team will be focused on delivering the right solution Green Frog Connect, Helvellyn’s independent connection provider.”
Frank Harris, CEO of Helvellyn Group, said: “Producing 60,000 tons per year of alternative industrial fuel, that consistently mimics the handling and combustion characteristics of coal, requires a secure power supply. The Vattenfall team have impressed us with their can-do attitude and collaborative approach to problem solving. We look forward to forging a strong working relationship with Vattenfall as we grow our business.”
The scale of the independent distribution network sector has grown considerably since energy regulator Ofgem opened the market for connection and operations more than ten-years ago. Last year the market grew by 26%, from 600,000 to over 750,000 connections.
The need for skilled independent operators is likely to grow as the UK economy goes electric and pushes on to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Mr Dawson added: “This is a big market where experienced, flexible operators like Vattenfall Networks can make their mark. With decades of experience managing networks in Europe we believe our flexible, customer focused UK networks business can add value for our clients through the introduction of smart new technologies.
“Vattenfall is in the UK for the long term and intends to be a market innovator and leader. We are determined to help businesses operate free from fossil fuels within a generation.”
Helvellyn’s innovative processing plant will see a new 11kV connection, with an import capacity of 5 mega volt amps. The design produced by Green Frog Connect will be adopted by Vattenfall Networks once the connection becomes live.