E.ON has today announced a three-year deal to supply the energy behind Nottingham’s tram network.
E.ON, one of Nottinghamshire's largest employers, has been selected by the Tramlink Nottingham consortium to supply power requirements across all of its business premises as well as the 14.5km public transport network that currently runs from Hucknall and Phoenix Park to the city centre.
In December Tramlink was awarded the 23-year concession to operate the existing network and build two further lines running to Chilwell and Clifton. Currently the power demand of the network is 7 million kilowatt-hours – the energy equivalent of more than 2,100 average UK homes1 – each year.
David Topping, Director of Corporates at E.ON, said: “As a company with strong roots in the greater Nottingham area, we’re delighted to have won this contract and we look forward to working with Tramlink, especially as it pushes forward with the project to expand the network.
“It’s fantastic to see how our two companies are demonstrating a real commitment to growing Nottingham’s economy by working closely together. We help customers to become energy fit – by reducing their bills and carbon emissions – and Tramlink is a great way for the people of Nottingham to join in with that from a transport perspective.”
Tramlink Nottingham Chairman, Roger Harrison, said: "We are looking forward to working alongside E.ON as we deliver a world-class tram service. Obviously, a reliable power supply is absolutely essential to us and we believe we have selected strong partners.
"We have made a major commitment to work with local suppliers wherever possible to ensure the benefits to the local economy are maximised."
E.ON is also working with Tramlink consortium member Taylor Woodrow Alstom Joint Venture to provide electricity grid connections for the construction site at Toton, the base for the ongoing construction of the two additional tram lines. Other satellite sites along the tram route are also being looked at for grid connections.
1 Based on an Ofgem average electricity consumption of 3,300 kWh per annum. The trams run on 750 volts DC.