High-voltage specialist Smith Brothers secures contract with CHP giant

by Hannah van Rooyen

High-voltage specialist Smith Brothers secures contract with CHP giant

High-voltage power contractor Smith Brothers has secured an Independent Connection Provider (ICP) contract with sustainable energy specialist P3P Partners, marking the electrical engineering firm’s first foray into the fast-growing combined heat and power (CHP) market.

A leading provider of CHP services, P3P develops energy-efficient centres across the UK and has previously delivered state-of-the-art solutions to such household names as Jaguar Land Rover and Hilton Hotels.

Having been appointed by P3P as the ICP for a new CHP facility in North Yorkshire, Smith Brothers will be responsible for delivering an 11kV connection to the local distribution network, handling all contestable elements on behalf of the Distribution Network Operator (DNO), Northern Powergrid (NPg).

The scheme of works will comprise the design, installation and commissioning of a 300m 11kV cable route from the Point of Connection (POC) to Point of Supply (POS) and the establishment of a new NPg substation enclosure – including all earthing and civils aspects, plus the development of a Ring Main Unit (RMU) and Metering Unit (MU). Due to landscape constraints, the team will be required to conduct specialist Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) for a 120m section of the cable route.

Commenting on the partnership, P3P’s project manager Evan Thomson said: “We were introduced to Smith Brothers by a third party and had heard good things about the team’s efficient project management and delivery on similar connection assignments. We’re looking forward to working with the team on this and subsequent schemes.”

With construction work on the CHP site due to commence this summer and energisation set for October, plans for future project collaborations between P3P and Smith Brothers are already taking shape.

Dave Ogden, commercial director at Smith Brothers, elaborated on the P3P contract: “We’re no strangers to complex renewables assignments, having completed over 50 large-scale connections in the past year alone. But this is our first venture into the CHP arena, so we’re thrilled to be welcoming P3P into our growing client portfolio and working alongside one of the sector’s biggest players.”

Headquartered in Elland, West Yorkshire, Smith Brothers is a high-voltage power engineering contractor and accredited ICP, specialising in delivering turnkey network connection packages across an array of sectors – including renewable energy, utilities, industrial and commercial.

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