BRUSH has announced a new transformer supply framework agreement with leading electricity distribution network operator Western Power Distribution (WPD).
WPD delivers electricity to more than 7.8 million people across the Midlands, the South West and Wales and consists of 185,000 substations and more than 220,000km of overhead lines and underground cables.
The operator uses three main power ratings across its network – 132kV, 66kV and 33kV. Under the deal, BRUSH will supply state-of-the-art transformers in a range of sizes for use in 66kV and 33kV substations.
BRUSH will supply the larger voltage transformers in four different sizes – each of which delivers different levels of current to suit the levels of load across local networks – while the lower-voltage transformers will be supplied in three different sizes.
The contract win extends WPD and BRUSH’s 12-year relationship for a minimum of five years, with the option to extend it again by a further three years.
Nick Tucker, Key Account Manager at BRUSH, said: “Western Power Distribution is a long-standing customer and this agreement builds on the strong relationship we have built up over more than a decade.
“WPD’s network covers a huge area and serves a large population, so it is imperative that the power equipment supplied is both bespoke and reliable. By choosing to extend its relationship with BRUSH, WPD has access to our industry-leading product range and our world-class aftermarket care, which means total peace of mind and support in the field.”
Western Power Distribution added: “After carrying out a full tender evaluation process which considered criteria such as technical compliance, innovation and value for money, WPD were pleased to award a contract to BRUSH on the basis that they had submitted the best offer.”
BRUSH recently completed a £5m (US$7.1m) investment in its UK production hub, allowing it to manufacture large 132kV transformers, install new manufacturing capacity of 5,100 MVA at its Loughborough site and significantly expand its research and development facility for transformers.