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Vattenfall Networks lands maiden IDNO contract

Image: Getty.

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Vattenfall’s networks division has landed its first distribution network contract less than a year after launching.

The contract will see Vatenfall Networks own and operate a new network which will connect alternative fuel manufacturer Helvellyn Group’s new plant in Leeds.

Construction of the network, which is to include a new 11kV connection and an import capacity of 5mV amps, is to be managed by independent connection provider Green Frog Connect.

Helvellyn produces around 60,000 tons of alternative industrial fuel each year, a process which requires a constantly secure power supply, its chief executive Frank Harris said.

Vattenfall landed its IDNO licence in November 2017 but formally started operations last year. It pointed towards 26% growth in the UK’s IDNO market last year, growing from 600,000 connections to 750,000.

Stewart Dawson, MD at Vattenfall Networks, said that greater electrification of the UK economy had created a big market where experienced energy companies could “make their mark”.

“With decades of experience managing networks in Europe we believe our flexible, customer focused UK networks business can add value for our clients through the introduction of smart new technologies.

“Vattenfall is in the UK for the long term and intends to be a market innovator and leader. We are determined to help businesses operate free from fossil fuels within a generation,” he said.

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