Press Release

Balfour Beatty awarded £37.5m cabling framework in South Wales

1 October 2015


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that its Power Transmission & Distribution business has been awarded a new framework agreement by Western Power Distribution for its excavation, cable laying and reinstatement works in the South Wales operating region. 

Balfour Beatty has signed the initial three year contract, worth circa £37.5 million, to manage planned and reactive low voltage to 33Kv cabling works. By assisting our client to maintain the integrity of their network, we are helping to provide a continual supply of energy to the region.

Work is due to start on the 1st November 2015 and subject to successful performance, there is an option to extend the agreement for a further two years, taking the overall potential value to around £62 million over five years.

Neil Kirkby, Balfour Beatty Managing Director - Power Transmission & Distribution, said: “Securing this new framework agreement is once again recognition of the capability and expertise we bring to the industry. We have worked with Western Power Distribution for over 20 years and we’re looking forward to continuing this relationship.

“Balfour Beatty is committed to delivering high levels of client satisfaction and we will be doing everything we can to help Western Power Distribution achieve its targets.”

Balfour Beatty is committed to providing benefits to the local communities in which they operate and the project will include approximately 170 employees with 90% of this direct employment for Balfour Beatty, and a cohort of local sub-contractors who have remained on the contract for several years.


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Notes to editors:

Balfour Beatty ( is a leading international infrastructure group. With 36,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.

Our main geographies are the UK, US, Middle East and South East Asia. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the world’s biggest shopping mall in Dubai, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

Balfour Beatty’s Power Transmission & Distribution teams work with regional, national and international electricity network owners and operators to provide technical engineering solutions.

With experience and expertise across the full spectrum of the electricity grid, including overhead lines, cable tunnels, substations and distribution networks, we deliver a range of proactive and reactive services which support a reliable and safe supply of power flowing to millions of homes and businesses around the world.

From scoping and feasibility, to design, construction and on-going maintenance, our in-house experts, flexible resources and industry-leading innovations support clients in the development of some of the UK’s most ambitious power transmission and distribution projects.

Current projects within our portfolio include the NEMO Link ( - the fifth major interconnector into the UK which supports Europe’s ‘super grid’; Beauly Denny - a new 200km 400kV overhead electricity line that crosses some of the most remote areas in Scotland and London Power Tunnels ( - a new 32km electricity superhighway deep below the capital, which will help keep Londoners connected to safe and reliable electricity supplies.

Western Power Distribution (WPD) is the distribution network operator for the Midlands, South West England and South Wales, and is responsible for delivering electricity to approximately 7.8 million customers in the UK. WPD is not an electricity supply company and does not bill customers in the UK. Its responsibility is to distribute electricity from the point of generation to homes and businesses.

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