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Network Rail awards £100m electrification contract

Network Rail has awarded a £100m contract to a consortium of ABB and UK Power Network Services for its Great Western electrification programme.

ABB and UKPN Services, which specialises in delivering electrical infrastructure, will deliver over 30 new traction power substations in partnership with Network Rail.

The contract is part of Network Rail’s work to electrify major routes across England, Wales and Scotland.

The first substation will be delivered in June 2015 with the remainder of substations in service by March 2017.

ABB will use its switchgear technology within the GWEP substation, which will control and protect the electrical equipment involved. UKPN Services will deliver civil construction, associated cabling works and the final commissioning.

The Great Western programme hopes to create close to 100 UK jobs.

The 50:50 split consortium said its first job will look to create a project delivery team with colleagues in Swindon, London and Stone.

In February, four firms including Balfour Beatty and CarillionPowerlines, bagged a place on Network Rail’s £2bn electrification programme.

Six geographic framework contracts were awarded, with each having a defined number of schemes. 

They included the Great Western and Midland main lines, Liverpool to Manchester and Preston routes, the Valley lines in south Wales and the ‘electric spine’ from Southampton docks to the West Midlands and Yorkshire.


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