tRIIO, a joint venture between Morrison Utility Services and Skanska UK, today announces it has been awarded an eight-year project to help deliver National Grid’s gas mains replacement programme, as well as elements of capital expenditure delivery and operational support services. The contract is worth £1.6 billion
As an equal joint venture between Morrison Utility Services and Skanska UK, tRIIO represents a strategic response to the new operating environment created by RIIO. With a strong strategic fit, complementary strengths and common values, tRIIO will be responsible for delivery of investment in two of National Grid’s four regional gas distribution networks in the UK: the East of England and North London.
As well as gas mains replacement, the scope of the contract includes connections, diversions, reinforcements and wider asset replacement activities and resource provision.
Jonathan Callighan, Head of Strategic Partnerships, National Grid, said: “Together, the Gas Distribution Strategic Partnerships represent a £3.1 billion investment into the UK economy, which will enable National Grid to continue to deliver gas safely and reliably to our customers over the next eight years.”
Charles Morrison, Chief Executive, Morrison Utility Services, said: “We are delighted to extend our successful and established relationship with National Grid under the terms of this long-term agreement. The combined strengths, knowledge and expertise of Morrison Utility Services and Skanska UK will ensure tRIIO is perfectly positioned to deliver safety, innovation and exemplary service to National Grid and its customers. We look forward to forging a strong and agile partnership that is able to address the unprecedented challenges and significant opportunities that the RIIO regulatory framework presents.”
Peter Jones, Managing Director, Utilities Services, Skanska UK, said: “We have longstanding and positive working relationships with both National Grid and Morrison Utility Services. With 13 years of experience of working together on previous projects, Skanska and Morrison Utility Services bring a wealth of knowledge and skill to this important infrastructure project. We will continue to bring innovation and greater efficiency to this work, as we have done successfully for many years.”
The contract commences in April 2013 for a period of eight years through to March 2021.