Celebrating 30 Years in Aviation
Millions of passengers flying from Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted every year will be unaware of the behind-the-scenes activities of UK Power Networks Services which was awarded the groundbreaking contract to own, operate and maintain critical electricity infrastructure at all three major UK airports in 1993.
The specialist maintenance and operations (M&O) subsidiary of distributed energy services provider UK Power Networks says the long-term collaboration with airport operators has benefited all parties as passenger numbers have grown worldwide, supported by the addition of Heathrow Terminal 5, Gatwick Pier 1 and Stansted Substation 100.
Its portfolio of assets UK Power Networks Services manages across the three sites includes more than 500 substations, around 600 electrical transformers plus a vast amount of high and low voltage cabling, with expert engineers based in each airport.
As well as assisting the airports with electrifying transport and equipment airside, UK Power Networks Services have provided expertise on reducing carbon emissions. Having helped mitigate the environmental impact of a sudden increase in passenger numbers following the lifting of Covid-19 travel restrictions and also supported Heathrow to achieve a Carbon Trust Level 3 award, the company is now delivering multiple net zero projects.
In addition to providing electricity infrastructure the airports and passengers rely on around-the-clock, the company engages residents and schools within the vicinity of each airport through a dedicated community outreach programme.
David Mitchell, Director of UK Power Networks Services, says: ”It means a lot to us that we have served the airport industry for this significant period. I am proud to see some of the major works that have been undertaken in this timeframe. The partnership with our airport clients has allowed us to jointly develop and manage a world class range of aviation support services.
Every output that occurs through these airports is underpinned by our remarkable teams running the critical power infrastructure.
“A big responsibility of ours throughout the years has been minimising disruption and increasing efficiencies across all airports. Every output that occurs through these airports is underpinned by our remarkable teams running the critical power infrastructure.”
Philip Heathcote, head of markets, adds: “This anniversary is hugely momentous to us. What we do is unseen by the passenger. People only notice what we do if it stops working and we fix it.”
Events are being planned at all three airports to celebrate the company’s milestone, with staff being treated to a number of low-key surprises – including enjoying anniversary cupcakes.
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