Smith Brothers appointed as EPC provider on momentous Arlington Energy portfolio
Published: 2 January 2019 - Sarah Mead
Yorkshire power contractor Smith Brothers has been appointed by Arlington Infrastructure Ltd to act as the preferred EPC provider for its forthcoming 1GW UK portfolio of energy storage and gas peaker projects. Smith Brothers has been given the go ahead on the first two projects, totalling 60MW, with construction currently underway.
Arlington made waves in the UK energy industry recently, when the company announced it had been successful in securing an initial £200m (US$255 million) funding line for the portfolio – the largest financing of its kind in the UK.
Having worked collaboratively with the clean energy investment group on the project development for the past 12 months, Elland-based electrical engineering firm Smith Brothers will lead the engineering, procurement and construction elements of the portfolio – with sites ranging from 5-50MW.
David Ogden, commercial director at Smith Brothers said: “Firstly, we have to say congratulations to Arlington for securing such a significant investment – it’s a huge win for the sector. There is no doubt that storage, flexible gas assets and renewables are playing an ever-increasing role within the energy landscape.
“The Smith Brothers team has worked closely with Arlington to move the portfolio forward over the past year, and we are delighted that our technical expertise enables us to support them during this exciting new phase of growth.”
Matt Clare, director of Arlington Infrastructure added: “Given the scale of our portfolio and our approach to the market generally, it was crucial that we worked with the most experienced partners throughout every stage to ensure our projects are built to the highest quality. Smith Brothers has played a vital role within the planning phases, and it made complete sense for the firm to oversee the electrical engineering deliverables once we hit shovel ready.”
With work already in progress, the sites will be developed over the next three years, with the first aiming for completion by the end of quarter three of 2019.