Belfast Telegraph

Electricity support firm powers up £9m worth of contracts

By John Mulgrew

Belfast electricity support firm Omexom has been awarded new sub-station contracts totalling more than £9m.

The work across the 12 contracts involves the extension or refurbishment of sub-stations in England and Scotland.

Omexom, which is owned by French firm VINCI Energies, works on power generation, transmission, transformation and distribution.

The latest contract wins have been awarded by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) and Northern Powergrid.

Phil Nicholson, business unit general manager for Omexom UK substations, said: "It is hugely exciting to have been awarded 12 new contracts for sub-station refurbishment and extensions across England and Scotland.

"The latest contract wins are another significant step in establishing Omexom as a leading electrical infrastructure provider throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.

"The huge amount of work we have been awarded by Northern Powergrid and particularly SSEPD in recent years is a reflection of the highest quality and standards continuously delivered by our staff.

"We look forward to continuing those partnerships with these new projects."

Omexom became part of ESB after the southern firm's acquisition of NIE in 2010, before being sold to VINCI Energies in 2013.

And in a "highly competitive market", Omexom UK and Republic of Ireland managing director Alastair Dawson, said he was "very pleased with our recent successes.

"The areas of sub-station design, construction and refurbishment and wind farms are testament to the satisfaction of our customers and their confidence in Omexom's ability to deliver work which exceeds the highest of standards."

The new projects will take between six and 18 months to complete, with many already in the early stages of design.

Speaking about the latest deal, Chris Straker, transmission connections manager with SSEPD, said: "Everything we do at SSEPD has to benefit our customers - whether those who want to connect to our network or those who want a safe and reliable supply to their home or business.

"Our work with Omexom has allowed us to do that across our transmission business in Scotland and our distribution network in central southern England."

The latest deals come after the company landed contracts worth £3m in October.

The Belfast firm secured deals for onshore wind farms in west Devon in England, Lockerbie in Scotland, and Monaghan.

The Devon contract begins in January and will run for five months.

It is due to generate 18MW of electricity for Renewable Energy Systems after it has finished.

Meanwhile, from February to August, Omexom will work with civil contractor I&H Brown on a wind farm for Scottish Power Renewables.

Earlier this year, the former Powerteam firm rebranded as Omexom. That meant the company's 230-strong workforce joined the Omexom network, which trades in more than 40 countries across the world.

The company has also moved to new 5,000sq ft premises at Old Channel Road in east Belfast.

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