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Overhead Line Transmission

Sector Capability Overview

Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions is a specialist business within the global Balfour Beatty Group, creating and maintaining the vital utility infrastructure essential to modern life.

Major utility providers across the world rely upon our capabilities in overhead line transmission engineering, construction, refurbishment and maintenance to deliver safer, more efficient and sustainable power networks.
We are operating in challenging times; electricity demand is rising which, added to the growth in renewable energy sources, will necessitate major upgrades and refurbishments to existing networks. Championed by industry regulators, including Ofgem, consumers are demanding significant cost savings and a more responsible and sustainable approach to energy generation and transmission. As a result, investment in the grid infrastructure, in diverse global markets, is reaching unprecedented levels. Innovation is changing the way in which electricity is generated and where it is created. Smart grids that anticipate future changes and provide network operators with increased flexibility will define investment strategies. The construction and maintenance of overhead transmission lines is benefitting from Balfour Beattys excellence in engineering innovation to radically improve safety, reduce time spent on site and minimise lifecycle operating costs. Our role, as one of the worlds leaders in overhead line transmission design, construction and maintenance, is to help our clients make the right decisions and deliver their investment plans to the highest standard. We provide access to the specialist skills and resources that clients need on a global basis. This includes an extensive captured supply chain of specialist manufacturers geared to the needs of local markets, and includes in-house fabrication of transmission line towers. We are one of only a few specialist providers with the ability to operate across the spectrum from 132kV to 765kV, providing a portfolio of services that includes a comprehensive design service to assess feasibility and scope the detailed requirements of a contract in advance of construction. In addition, we offer a proven refurbishment capability to extend the life of existing network infrastructure. Our focus is fully aligned with our clients concerns in the areas of safety, customer service, efficiency, cost reduction, innovation and sustainability. We are building upon a proud heritage of innovative engineering excellence to leave behind a lasting legacy of safe, sustainable, high quality engineered solutions that provide value for money for our clients and their customers. Simon Pankhurst Director of Overhead Line Transmission Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions

Scoping Increasingly we are asked by clients to help them scope future requirements looking at the whole lifecycle of a potential project. By fully understanding their current issues and challenges and being aware of new opportunities and desired outcomes, we are able to explore possible scenarios, assess potential risks and consider future proofing assets to cater for expansion. Scoping is either undertaken as part of an ongoing informal dialogue or as a defined process. Feasibility & Planning We carry out feasibility studies in response to the basic specification presented, looking at key drivers such as safety, environmental impact, affordability and sustainability to determine the basic engineering requirements of the proposed works. We ensure the buildability of the design and delivery of the programme through the early input of our operational expertise. Design Throughout the design process we consider the whole life safety and environmental impact of any solution during construction, maintenance, refurbishment and deconstruction. To deliver a solution that meets requirements we take the high level feasibility design platform, detailed engineering specifications and make the best use of standard and non- standard design elements. We also examine the opportunities for off-site assembly to reduce time taken on site and reduce risk further. Engineering & Procurement With our extensive knowledge of the marketplace, we can procure, manage and inspect specialist equipment, services and plant to ensure the works are completed efficiently and effectively. Prefabrication and assembly options reduce risk and programme duration. We work collaboratively with the extended supply chain to ensure that technical, process and cultural innovation delivers tangible results across the whole contract.

Pre-Construction The pre-construction phase involves proactive management of the clients requirements, focusing on upfront communication and building relationships. Project constraints are addressed early including: local wildlife, archaeology, weather and altitude planning, access, wayleaves and local sporting rights. Construction During construction our focus is on operating safely, minimising disruption to local communities, maximising productivity and maintaining the programme schedule. We have full in-house capabilities for all core activities, benefitting from our training schools in Derby, Newton and the Philippines. Ongoing communication with local landowners, clear ownership of issues and proactive site appraisals ensure standards are met and expectations are realised. An integrated testing and commissioning programme is conducted before final handover to the client. Refurbishment & Upgrade Towers, conductors, insulators and fittings will need to be periodically refurbished during the life of the network. Towers and foundations can be upgraded to cater for changes in legislation and codes of practice. Any outages are scheduled to minimise disruption using live line parallel working techniques. Maintenance & Repair We provide maintenance services to maximise the life of assets within the clients investment strategy. We avoid the disruption and cost of unplanned work through programmes of regular inspection and pro-active maintenance. In addition, we provide a comprehensive out of hours response and emergency cover capability to address damage resulting from storms, fire and vehicle collisions.

A portfolio of end-to-end services that deliver innovative solutions to global challenges.

Programme Management Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions can add value to clients strategic and regulatory outputs, delivering maximum return on resources and investment. We achieve this by providing high level programme management expertise to manage budgets effectively, sequencing work to meet both cash and regulatory requirements and delivering projects on time. With access to specialist delivery teams from across the Balfour Beatty Group, we can deliver complete infrastructure solutions. We provide a single interface between the client, stakeholders and service providers, keeping lines of communication streamlined and removing duplication.

innovative engineeriNg excellence

We operate across the spectrum, with specific expertise in EHV, delivering innovative, sustainable solutions.
Balfour Beatty has more than 100 years experience in the electrical sector and has installed in excess of 125,000km of overhead lines in sixty countries, carrying voltages up to 765kV. Our pursuit of innovation is driven by four key requirements: reducing the disruption to local communities caused by planned and unplanned works, minimising the safety risk associated with engineering works, reducing cost and finally delivering high performance, low carbon, sustainable solutions that provide a lasting legacy. There is a pressing need to build intelligence into our network infrastructure and to employ lean engineering and construction approaches so that, together, these improvements can help clients manage energy resources more safely, cost-effectively and sustainably. We deliver the technical, process and cultural innovation needed to deliver value to our clients and their customers. A collaborative approach sees our managers and engineers working closely with clients and the wider supply chain, including academia, training institutions and techniums, to drive the right behaviours that will lead to new ways of thinking. Our dedicated, engineering-led innovation team has developed many radical solutions in overhead lines, redefining the whole approach taken to a particular problem and delivering tangible improvements in safety, efficiency and reliability. The earlier they are involved in the process, the greater the benefits that are delivered. Robust management systems and continuous improvement processes ensure there is a rigorous approach to managing innovation.


We work closely with our clients to manage risk effectively and ensure that long-term value is delivered throughout the lifecycle of the assets.

The need to deliver efficiencies and demonstrate value throughout the lifecycle of a project drives decision making for clients and service providers alike. Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions is fully aligned with and understands the needs of our clients operating in diverse markets. Value is no longer only measured in economic terms. The sector also needs to address sustainability targets, reducing the carbon footprint of vital utility assets during construction, operation and maintenance.

Effective planning, regular communication, and strong management are critical in delivering the desired long term benefits. We operate a no surprises culture that stems from our disciplined approach to large scale programme management. We operate robust processes to capture costs and identify savings. The provision of targeted management information supports regular and rigorous contract reviews to allow for early identification and correction of issues.

How we work plays an essential part in delivering better project outcomes . All Together, Safer, Better, Leaner, Faster is our operational strategy and provides a clear focus and sense of purpose to everything we do. The Balfour Beatty Group values - respect, integrity, teamwork and excellence - underpin our daily activities. Our Zero Harm approach to safety sets demanding standards and a simple, uncompromising target.


We are setting the standards for the sector, developing the expert technical skills required in recognised centres of excellence.
The overhead lines sector requires access to a highly skilled, experienced and well qualified talent pool to deliver complex and challenging projects on a global basis. Smart clients lock in this resource early. Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions has made strategic investments in the development of this valuable human resource with over 2,500 experienced and qualified engineers and operatives. We are recognised as a leader in the development of specialist technical skills for both new and existing employees. Every new employee receives an intensive induction and dedicated training. We develop these individuals throughout their careers with us, providing winter Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions has established a global resource footprint to meet the needs of clients in the UK, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Australia and New Zealand. This is supported by industry recognised in-house training schools in Derby, Newton and the Philippines that provide City and Guilds accredited qualifications. training schools to upskill entire teams. To achieve this we have developed our own methodologies and we work in partnership with external accreditation bodies. Personal development plans are in place for all key employees. Our training schools are supported by worldwide centres of engineering excellence in Derby, Rugby, US and Australia. We have a rolling 5 year strategic plan to match our resources with the needs of our clients. This plan is reviewed monthly and is one of our key business priorities. With a multi-national footprint, we are able to transfer expert people around the world to deliver the optimum solution to clients.

Overhead Lines Transmission Office Derby Office P.O. Box 5064 Raynesway Derby DE21 7ZP (SatNav: DE21 7BG) Tel: +44 (0)1332 661491

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Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions is a specialist business within the global Balfour Beatty Group, sitting within the Services division. Balfour Beatty is a world-class infrastructure services business operating across the infrastructure lifecycle, with leading positions in major markets. In over 80 countries, in diverse markets and economies, we provide the assets societies need to function, develop and thrive.