Energy fast facts
Kier has been a long-term collaborative partner to Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) and other companies, enhancing and assuring the reliability of power distribution networks, from customer connections through to capital projects. Within electricity our capabilities extend to cable and connect from LV to 132kV and beyond, installing new underground power lines or poling, overhauling and upgrading substations and emergency response. We are also looking at emerging new energy markets including battery storage and electric vehicle charging.
We offer gas clients a full range of services on low, intermediate and medium pressure distribution and high-pressure transmission networks. We specialise in distribution operations, installing new PE and steel gas mains and undertaking mains replacement, new connections and governor replacement programmes. We also provide above and below ground installations and first call response services with our dedicated team of service engineers.
We put excellence in customer service at the forefront of everything we do and have training schools dedicated to both technical skills and customer service and are members of the UK Customer Service Institute. Being part of a Group that offers multi utilities we are also able to provide power services within a multi utility offering and use experiences in one sector to benefit another.
We can, for example, deliver advanced renewable energy infrastructure services including wind-farm construction, EV infrastructure and battery storage construction. Kier Highways also offers street-lighting services. We provide services to many of our clients through long-term framework agreements and are part of the Lloyd’s Register GIRS (Gas Regulation Scheme), and NERS (National Electricity Regulation Scheme), meaning we have approval to work with DNOs.
In this fast moving sector innovation is key. McNicholas, the engineering services provider that became part of Kier in 2017, installed Northern Ireland’s first natural gas pipe in 1996 for Phoenix Natural Gas (PNG). We have worked with them ever since, brining innovations including a 4 bar PE system designed from scratch, ground district pressure reduction stations and reassembled and pretested customer meter boxes.
Our electricity team is also at the heart of innovation in the sector. As one of UK Power Networks’ Alliance partners we have brought innovative ways of working and greater efficiency to a project to refurbish and upgrade electricity substations, cables and power lines, including work at the Palace of Westminster.
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Delivering a 100% BIM3 compliant utilities design at one of London’s busiest interchanges, Bank Station. Serving 73 million passengers annually, situated between London Bridge and the Bank of England.
A step change in the way DNO capital works and connections are delivered. Together with UK Power Networks and our Alliance partners, we deliver the improvements necessary to achieve OFGEM-mandated outputs in Customer Service, Safety, Sustainability and Network Health and Reliability.
132kv / 33kv reinforcement works included the longest directional drill undertaken by UK Power Networks, underneath the River Orwell, whilst protecting the ecology of the local area.
22 successful years of collaborative gas distribution infrastructure. 1st July 1996; the first natural gas pipe was being installed in Northern Ireland by Kier for PNG, the country's first and largest gas distribution business. This Alliance, competitively re-awarded, sets the sector model for collaborative success between Client and Contractor.
Kier was selected to construct a new 1,300MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station at West Burton, Nottinghamshire. The site is adjacent to the River Trent and the existing coal fired power station.
A high profile 3km route clearance of 1500 utility conflicts through Edinburgh city centre, delivered within budget and achieving all programme milestones, whilst minimising disruption to local businesses and residents.
The 660m horizontal directionally drilled (HDD) gas pipeline river crossing under the River Foyle in Derry, Northern Ireland, is one of the largest of its kind in Ireland. We were involved in the £3.1m project for firmus energy (FE) from the feasibility stage, through detailed design and planning to construction and commissioning.
A short-term central London consultancy project turned into a ground-breaking multi-utility project, moving eight utilities to prepare for a new 800-apartment development, setting the standard in how these projects should be delivered in the capital.
" I very much recognise that the transformation and ultimate delivery of the Edinburgh Tram Project was down to the hard-work of all involved. "Chief Executive The City of Edinburgh Council