Powerteam designs, supplies and constructs high voltage electrical infrastructure solutions for utility and private operators throughout Great Britain and Ireland. for both substations and overhead lines from LV (Low Voltage) to 400kV. With an overriding emphasis on safety, high quality projects are delivered on time and within budget. Our project reference list covers many of the major electricity market players including Scottish and Southern Energy, Western Power Distribution, Central Networks and Electricity Supply Board. In the renewables market, Powerteam has undertaken projects for companies such as Renewable Energy Systems, SSE Renewables and DONG Energy. Projects delivered to private network owners include Digital Reality Trust, Multi Development, Northern Ireland Water, Michelin and the Quinn Group.
Powerteam designs, supplies and constructs high voltage electrical infrastructure solutions for utility and private operators throughout Great Britain and Ireland.
Our scope of supply covers:
- Project Management
- Maintenance and
- Electrical consultancy
for both substations and overhead lines from LV (Low Voltage) to 400kV.
With an overriding emphasis on safety, high quality projects are delivered on time and within budget. Our project reference list covers many of the major electricity market players including Scottish and Southern Energy, Western Power Distribution, Central Networks and Electricity Supply Board. In the renewables market, Powerteam has undertaken projects for companies such as Renewable Energy Systems, SSE Renewables and DONG Energy. Projects delivered to private network owners include Digital Reality Trust, Multi Development, Northern Ireland Water, Michelin and the Quinn Group.
Key milestones in the growth and development of Powerteam include:
- 2001 to 02 – construction of the Moyle Interconnector 275kV Converter stations at Islandmagee (Northern Ireland) and Auchencrosh (Scotland).
- 2002 to 06 – framework contract awards by Electricity Supply Board (ESB) for refurbishment and construction of substations and medium voltage (10kV-20kV) overhead lines under their Network Renewal Programme.
- 2004 – construction of 33kV electrical infrastructure associated with Powerteam’s 1st windfarm project – Altahullion windfarm in Northern Ireland for Renewable Energy Systems.
- 2004 to 05 – construction of the largest 220kV substation in Ireland for ESB at Corduff, County Dublin, Ireland.
- 2006 to 11 – framework contract awards by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) for construction and refurbishment of 132kV and 33/11kV substations and LV ABC overhead line refurbishment in Scotland and southern England.
- 2009 – construction of Dromada 110/20kV contestable windfarm substation for SSE Renewables in County Limerick, Ireland.
- 2010 – construction of the on-shore 132kV substation for DONG Energy’s Walney Offshore Windfarm, Cumbria, England.
- 2011 – construction of Northern Ireland’s 1st 110kV windfarm substation and 1st 110kV contestable overhead line grid connection at Slieve Kirk for SSE Renewables.
- 2011 – award of 33kV electrical infrastructure contract for Renewable Energy System’s Kelburn windfarm in Ayrshire, Scotland – Powerteam’s 32nd windfarm project.
Headquartered in Belfast, Powerteam has established offices in Perth, Basingstoke, Omagh and Dublin to support its growing business
Environmental quality systems
Powerteam is certificated to ISO 14001:2004 and is committed to protecting the environment including working with suppliers and contractors to reduce environmental impact and carbon footprint, whilst increasing recycling and waste management.
Managing the environmental impact of our activities is an essential part of our everyday business and we are committed to a programme of environmental improvement. We meet the current requirements and future European Directives aimed at the ‘Polluter Pays’ principle.
The activities we undertake in the UK and Republic of Ireland are in line with customer requirements and environmental legislation. We anticipate greater emphasis on the ‘Polluter Pays’ principle and we are continually refining our processes to ensure full compliance.
The objectives in our environmental strategy are:
- Full compliance with legislative requirements
- Manage the environmental risks associated with contractual commitments (e.g. land contamination, energy efficiency, visual, resources and waste management)
- Improve environmental performance whilst minimising expenditure.
Powerteam’s strategy for the management of environmental issues is based upon:
- Monitoring the legislative requirements and ensure conformance within the relevant jurisdiction
- Meeting the environmental policies as agreed with our customers for contracted work
- Continued improvement through joint initiatives with our customers.
Significant environmental impacts
Powerteam recognises that in the course of our business activities we need to identify any significant environmental impacts in conjunction with customer environmental policies.
Together with our customers, Powerteam monitors compliance with all agreed environmental policies and ensure any non-conformances are addressed immediately. Documentation for recording performance is in line with project management procedures, agreed with the customer, through which, corrective actions are identified and addressed.
Powerteam continues to target in conjunction with our customers the following areas:
- Land Contamination – ensure all sites, provided by our customers, are in a condition suitable for the intended use and appropriate measures are taken to prevent contamination
- Energy efficiency – promote efficient use of energy
- Visual – minimise our impact on the natural and man-made environment
- Resources – target to reduce usage of resources throughout our company activities
- Waste – ensure accurate recording and segregation of all waste disposed
- Communication – ensure effective internal and external communication in our company
- Environmental champions appointed across our organisation
- Encourage staff and suppliers to recycle waste wherever possible.
Ensuring the safety of the public, our customers and our staff.
Risk assessment and the safety system
Powerteam places significant emphasis on the use of Method Statements and risk assessments to effectively control the hazards on site and have invested heavily in training all our employees to critically evaluate working situations and environments with a view to identifying and managing safety hazards.
All operational employees are fully site inducted. They complete daily risk assessments and regularly attend toolbox talks. By emphasising the importance of on the ground risk assessment, we have ensured our employees focus on managing their own safety, that of their colleagues and the wider public.
Powerteam actively encourages “near miss” reporting by our employees and subcontractor partners of incidents that could have led to an accident. Research has shown such reporting leads to a greater focus on accident prevention and ultimately a reduction in the number of accidents.
All operational staff are provided with our standard full personal protective equipment (PPE) this is supplemented where appropriate to meet any bespoke specific requirements of our customers (eg, flame retardant overalls). Additionally tools and equipment are regularly updated and calibrated every six months in line with our ISO accredited quality procedures.
OHSAS 18001:2007 accreditation
Powerteam was awarded the internationally recognized OHSAS 18001:2007 certification for occupational health and safety management systems. OHSAS 18001:2007 is a safety management system that enables us to identify and control operational health and safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents and improve overall performance. We are audited on a six monthly basis by independent third party auditors to ensure continuing compliance with this standard.
Regular safety auditing
Powerteam has a proactive internal auditing system for monitoring safety within our business. Our project managers and project supervisors perform regular formal site safety audits. In addition, our ISO 9001:2008 quality auditors check that all risk assessment procedures are being correctly completed daily and on time. This is assessed in turn by external ISO 9001:2008 and OHSAS 18001:2007 auditors every six months. Powerteam is also accredited as a registered supplier under the Achilles UVDB Verify Scheme and has received RoSPA’s Gold and National Irish Safety Organisation awards for its strong safety performance.
Our commitment to safety
Powerteam recognises that only by aiming for exceptional health and safety performance will we achieve world class performance. We have set our target to be zero safety incidents. We believe that by integrating our risk and safety management and assessment systems we have developed a culture where employees, suppliers, customers and the public understand that health and safety is our core concern.
Embedded quality culture
Powerteam’s employees undergo rigorous training in accordance with our well-established in-house training and development programmes. Employees must achieve authorisation levels in accordance with the highest standards set by the GB and Irish electricity utility industries. Employees will also undertake one or two day induction/authorisation training programmes run by the individual Distribution Network Operators prior to commencing work on their networks.
All staff are directly responsible for the quality of their workmanship and engineering operations. Our supervisors, project managers and engineers perform detailed and regular auditing on all work undertaken.
International quality systems
Powerteam is certificated with ISO 9001:2008 Quality Systems in our design, tendering and project management departments, including equipment calibration.
Powerteam has a proactive internal auditing system for monitoring quality and the ISO 9001:2008 quality system is used within Powerteam as a cross functional tool for continual business process improvement. As all processes are documented, and a high standard of record keeping is maintained, this ensures that all paperwork, decisions and equipment are traceable.
Powerteam is also an Achilles UVDB Verify accredited supplier to the electricity utility industry. The UVDB Verify accreditation process comprises an annual site visit and bi-annual office visits by Achilles auditors.
Our client list includes:
Power Utilities and Utility Contractors
- SSE plc
- Western Power Distribution plc
- Northern Powergrid
- Electricity Supply Board (ESB)
- ESB International
- Electricity North West
- Scottish Power
- Siemens UK PT&D
Renewable Developers and Contractors
- DONG Energy
- DW Consultancy
- Energie Kontour
- Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES)
- SSE Renewables (SSER)
- Energia Renewables
- SWS Group
- ESB Wind
Private Network Operators
- Northern Ireland Water
- Coolkerragh Power
- Multi Development Ltd
- Michelin plc
- Digital Realty Trust
- Irish Cement
- FG Wilson