Liverpool2 powers on with milestone energy project

One of the largest private electricity connections in the UK of recent years successfully took place last week (Friday 27 February 2015) at the Port of Liverpool, marking the end of a project which involved more than 200 people over three years.

Teams from Peel Ports and SP Energy Networks have been working together to create a new power network for the Liverpool2 container terminal development which is currently under construction.

The work has more than doubled the power capacity of the port from 20MVA (megavolt amperes to) to 50 MVA. This additional energy capacity would be enough to power over 20,000 homes or 4.5 million energy efficient domestic light bulbs.

The work included:

  • Creating an 8km 132,000 volt grid connection at Aintree
  • Directional drilling (also known as micro-tunnelling) 700 metres at 27 metre depth under the Switch Island traffic junction to avoid disruption from construction activity
  • Installing a new substation at Litherland, close to the Port of Liverpool

The upgrade was required as part of Peel Ports’ plan to create £300M new container terminal that will more than double Liverpool’s container capacity from 750,000 TEU to 1.5M TEU.

There have also been extensive works at the Port of Liverpool itself, managed by Peel Ports. This has included installing a new substation, plus a 33,000 volt ring main and fibre optic cabling that both circle the whole site.

Doug Coleman, Construction Director for Liverpool2, said:

“This investment underlines the scale of our commitment to providing reliable and modern services for our current and future customers. The new energy network will supply the new container terminal as well as giving greater resilience to our whole operation at the Port of Liverpool. It’s a huge milestone for us as we continue work to create a new gateway facility that will help global shippers trade with the UK by reducing costs, carbon emissions and congestion in the supply chain.”

Stephen Stewart, SP Energy Network’s Director South, added:

“Connections such as this are very significant events in the UK’s energy infrastructure and it’s certainly one of the biggest projects of its kind. So we’re delighted that all the hard work and planning has successfully delivered the new supply to the port and credit must go to the whole team of engineers and technical staff in both organisations who have achieved this."

Ends: Monday 2 March 2015
Contact: Laura Berry on 0151 600 5126 or

Image 1:   From L-R Charles Easton (Divisional Director FES), Mike Walsh (Director ACTS Partnership – Electrical Contractors), Mark Barry (Director Scottish Power – Electrical Consultants), Stephen Stewart (Director Scottish Power), Doug Coleman (Project Director, Peel Ports Group)

Notes to Editor:

About Liverpool2

Liverpool2 will allow global shippers ‘ship-to-door’ access to the UK's major import centres via the most economic and lowest carbon route and provide northern UK-based exporters with a more competitive route to market. It is the UK’s largest transatlantic port and will be Europe’s first semi-automated CRMG container terminal.

The £300m construction programme comprises a new quay wall, dredging of a new 16.5m deep berthing pocket, installation of ship-to-shore quay cranes and modern cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes (CRMGs), and associated supporting infrastructure works.

About Peel Ports and the Peel Group

Peel Ports is one of the UK’s largest port groups, owning and operating seven of the UK and Ireland’s most important ports. It handles 70 million tonnes of cargo every year. It is headquartered in Liverpool and employs around 1200 staff.

Peel Ports is part of the Peel Group, one of the UK’s leading infrastructure, real estate and investment companies. Its portfolio ranges from airports to energy, and includes flagship sites such MediaCityUK, Manchester’s Trafford Centre and Pinewood Studios.

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