Belfast Telegraph

SPIE to refurbish Ulster power network

Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) has appointed UK firm SPIE to refurbish the province's distribution and transmission networks.

The first of the long-term projects will be renovating and new build work on Northern Ireland's high voltage network, up to and including 275 kv. The work will continue until 2019.

And in the distribution framework contract, SPIE will restore and replace distribution wood pole network up to, and including, 33kv. The work will take place between now and February 2018, with the potential for a two-year extension.

SPIE is an independent European specialist in multi-technical services.

NIE is responsible for the electricity infrastructure throughout Northern Ireland. It owns and maintains the wires and utility meters for the whole of the province.

Jonathan Walsh, contracts manager at NIE, said: "We are delighted to be teaming with SPIE on the new distribution overhead line contract.

"We first worked with SPIE in 2009. Since then, our business relationship has gone from strength to strength. They have completed a number of projects with us, from distribution and transmission to assistance with storm damage repairs. That's why we can be so confident in their ability this time around." Mike Snee, managing director at SPIE, said: "The electricity distribution industry operates in a regulated environment and as such there are stringent requirements for the service providers to deliver a safe, efficient and customer orientated service to the end user - the general public.

"SPIE endeavours to meet these requirements head-on and is proud to be participating in this work."

Belfast Telegraph