Secretary of State for Transport and local MP join SSA at the announcement of their Network Rail Cp5 – Substation Award
SSA (Switchgear Substation Alliance Ltd) will supply substations for the electrification of the UK rail network.
The visit took place at EPS Ltd, the factory in Loughborough where the substations will be manufactured, assembled and tested. The Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, accompanied the MP for Loughborough, the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, were given a tour of the site and shown how the sub stations will be constructed. Local and national press also covered the event and links to their articles and coverage can found at the end of this article.
The joint venture partnership, SSA (Switchgear Substation Alliance) UK Ltd, has brought together three rail and engineering specialists - Giffen Group, EPS UK and Electren UK Ltd. The deal could be worth £50m over five years, creating up to fifty jobs and follows a strongly contested bid process that saw 12 companies submit proposals for the work. SSA UK Ltd then beat competition from five other shortlisted candidates to secure the contract.
Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport, commented “this contract will help transform a significant part of the network to enable faster and more reliable rail services.”
The framework involves provision of multiple high voltage traction power substations which will be delivered as part of Network Rail’s five-year £38bn spending and investment programme.
Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP for Loughborough, where the substations will be manufactured, commented "this contract is simply fantastic news, both for EPS and for Loughborough. A lot of people have worked very hard to achieve this £50m contract with Network Rail, and I praise the work they have all put in. Loughborough boasts some exceptional technology firms and EPS is at the forefront.”
Giffen Group Ltd is a railway electrical and signalling specialist with a 100-year track record in the sector. Already a principal contractor for Network Rail, the company are providing expert project management and delivery structure to the SSA joint venture.
A market leader in switchgear innovation and circuit breaker design, EPS UK deliver the advanced containerised air-insulated switchgear required for the substation roll out.
Meanwhile, Electren UK Ltd, a subsidiary of Spanish railway specialist Electren SA, bring their extensive experience in high speed railway electrification to the joint venture from across Europe. Electren UK provide expertise for system design and construction elements of the projects.
Saleem Mohammad, the Network Rail Director for the National Electrification Programme said, “our work to electrify 2,000 track miles represents the biggest programme of rail electrification in a generation and will support economic growth across the UK. This programme will also lead to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and a sustainable world class transport system providing faster, quieter and more reliable journeys for millions of our passengers.
This framework contract with SSA UK Ltd will play a critical role in achieving these goals. It gives the company certainty about its pipeline of work, which means that they can target investment, maximise innovation and safety, and put the right resources and skills in place. We look forward to a successful partnership with SSA UK Ltd.”
A statement from SSA (Sub Station Alliance) UK Ltd said: “This long-term commitment from Network Rail enables investment in research and development in Loughborough to develop the next generation of air insulated switchgear.
The solution offered by SSA is flexible and can be integrated with different equipment, so not only will it provide competition between original equipment manufacturers, but also generate opportunities for new manufacturers.”
Articles and feature from the press event can be found here:
Please note the BBC Radio Leicester SSA article features at 01:38:34 and the BBC East Midlands Today report features at 00:11:31.