Powersystems celebrate 26 years as an ICP accredited for 132 kV work

March 1, 2021

26 years ago this year (2023) Powersystems became the first fully accredited Independent Connection Provider (ICP) in the UK, under what was then called the Accredited Contractor Scheme; under OFGEM’s ‘Competition in Connections’ is now commonly known as the National Electricity Registration Scheme (NERS).

This scheme is operated by Lloyds Register on behalf of the UK Distribution Network Operators (DNOs).

The NERS accreditation lists both the location coverage and the scope of works an ICP can carry out at the different voltages.

Accredited up to 132 kV, Powersystems high voltage electrical engineering company specialise in grid and network connections and contestable works, offering an alternative to using the local Distribution Network Operators.

For 46 years Powersystems, who started trading in 1977, have continued to build long term relationships with clients to provide the optimal engineering solution.

Still ground-breaking in 2021, Powersystems lead the way on some of the UK’s first of its kind electrical contracts like; the first greener grid park project in Moray, Scotland. The project, located near the Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks transmission substation at Keith, will include two large rotating stabilisers designed to provide stable flows of energy through the grid network, helping to increase the amount of renewable energy transmitted on the system and prevent power blackouts. As well  Powersystems are also providing the electrical cable installation works contract for the  world’s largest offshore wind farm Dogger Bank, under construction today.

It is with thanks to our in-house expertise, we provide a trusted point of contact throughout the project lifecycle, which helps to minimise the risk of schedule delays and helps us to maintain project quality, whilst delivering a safe and sustainable solution.

We can assume responsibility for the following elements of a project.

  • Design of a connection from the ‘Point of Connection’ (POC) to the site
  • Supply of all cables, switchgear, and transformers required to make the connection
  • Civil engineering works including excavation of the connection route, cable laying from the POC to the site, the installation of concrete bases for substations and other electrical equipment.
  • Construction and installation of electricity substations
  • Commissioning of the installed connection assets
  • Full project management of all works
  • Full project hand back including as-built records (OEM) for all connected assets (digitally supplied)

Because Powersystems specialise in both high and low voltage distribution systems, we can include the following within our infrastructure works:

Electrical design of Distribution Networks covering:

  • HV cable networks (11 kV, 33 kV, 66 kV, 132 kV)
  • Substation installation (11 kV, 33 kV, 66 kV, 132 kV)
  • Overhead wooden pole (11 kV, 33 kV)
  • Cable jointing (LV, 11 kV, 33 kV, 66 kV, 132 kV-PM)
  • Cable laying (LV, 11 kV, 33 kV, 66 kV, 132 kV)
  • Civil works
  • Substation installation (11 kV, 33 kV, 66 kV, 132 kV)

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Powersystems are powering the transition to a carbon free future

As a high voltage specialist electrical engineering company with over 46 years (1977-2022) experience Powersystems have grown by reputation to become a trusted force in the design, installation and commissioning of electrical infrastructure across the UK.

Celebrating 26 years as the first Lloyds National Electricity Registration Scheme ‘s accredited Independent Connection Provider (ICP), Powersystems are capable of delivering contestable grid connections at voltages up to 132 kV.

Since 2000, Powersystems have connected over 6 Gigawatts of renewable energy generation to the UK electricity grid, along with decarbonisation technology which includes; wind energy projects, solar, anaerobic digestion, hydroelectric, electrical vehicle infrastructure, short term operating reserve STOR, combined heat and power (CHP), Grid stability projects like rotating stabilisers,  and battery energy storage systems (BESS) as well as commercial industrial private wire networks.

Working with partners, delivering sustainable power solutions, proudly the Powersystems high voltage specialist team have connected 27% of all U.K. onshore wind farm

At the core of the operation is a commitment to the highest values of health and safety, welfare, quality and the environment. Powersystems Integrated management systems are ISO accredited and their approach under their health and safety ‘Priority No.1’ brand is to aim for the best industry practice in all.

Powersystems UK Ltd. is an Employee-Owned Business and as such has a keen interest in the well-being of all its employees. They encourage and empower you to be imaginative, share great ideas and be involved in the success of the business.

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