Power engineering contractor Smith Brothers has completed a large-scale assignment to connect the Saint-Gobain Glass manufacturing facility in Eggborough, Goole, to the grid. Saint-Gobain – Europe’s leading flat glass producer – appointed the Independent Connection Provider (ICP) to upgrade the HV system and handle all electrical and civil engineering works to link the facility into the local distribution network.

Following an eight-month turnkey scheme of works – from initial design through to final commissioning – the Smith Brothers team was tasked with replacing the previous private-wire system and conducting essential network reinforcements.

This entailed the construction of two 66kV outdoor substations – one private and one contestable – along with the required cabling works and installation of two parallel-fed 20MVA transformers along the route between the compounds. The engineers additionally established an 11kV substation and control room, and installed all associated electrical and protective equipment.

Having completed the site commissioning in August, the high-voltage specialist has now finished the integration of the system into the NPg and Saint-Gobain networks and successfully energised the site.