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Vattenfall Networks, the British subsidiary of Swedish utility giant Vattenfall AB, and the newest independent electricity network provider in the UK, has won its first distribution network contract with Helvellyn Group, an alternative fuel manufacturer for their new plant in Leeds.

Helvellyn’s new plant will see a new 11kV connection, with an import capacity of 5 mega volt amps. The design produced by Green Frog Connect will be adopted by Vattenfall Networks once the connection becomes live.

Vattenfall Networks will own and operate the new infrastructure.

Stewart Dawson, the Managing Director of Vattenfall Networks, said: “The first of anything is always precious so we are of course delighted to partner with Helvellyn and own and operate the new electricity network at its Leeds plant.

“We believe our competence and experience brings customers, such as Helvellyn, peace of mind to get on with their business. Our new team will be focused on delivering the right solution Green Frog Connect, Helvellyn’s independent connection provider.”

Frank Harris, CEO of Helvellyn Group, said: “Producing 60,000 tons per year of alternative industrial fuel, that consistently mimics the handling and combustion characteristics of coal, requires a secure power supply. The Vattenfall team have impressed us with their can-do attitude and collaborative approach to problem solving. We look forward to forging a strong working relationship with Vattenfall as we a grow our business.”

The scale of the independent distribution network sector has grown considerably since energy regulator Ofgem opened the market for connection and operations more than ten-years ago. Last year the market grew by 26%, from 600,000 to over 750,000 connections.

The need for skilled independent operators is likely to grow as the UK economy goes electric and pushes on to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.