Using An Independent Connections Provider

Mains electrical cable in trench

From simple cabling installs to transformer and switchgear replacements to major substation design and build contracts, an independent connections provider may supply the services you need, either individually or as a whole turnkey solution.

Quality will be at an all-time high when each project is overseen by a committed engineer who knows their team’s capabilities and has prior experience in the field. When a company hires an independent connections provider, they enjoy this advantage.

What is the definition of an Independent Connections Provider (ICP)?

Customers now have the option of having the bulk of connection work, referred to as contestable work, performed by a third-party connection provider, thanks to the introduction of competition in connections.
Non-contestable work, on the other hand, can only be done by the Distribution Network Operator (DNO).

An authorised company that can develop electrical networks to the agreed-upon standards and quality required for them to be owned by either a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) or an Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO) is known as an independent connections provider (ICP)

An independent connections supplier must be registered with Lloyds’ Register’s National Electricity Registration Scheme (NERS) in order to perform some of the connection operations.

An Independent Connection Provider (ICP) is a licenced organisation that operates on the energy network on behalf of customers. A Distribution Network Operator (DNO) or an Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO) typically owns these networks.

Operator of an Independent Distribution Network (IDNO)

A firm approved by Ofgem to own and operate electrical networks is known as an Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO).

The local electricity network, which is owned by the DNO, will be connected to an IDNO network. The IDNO, on the other hand, will be in charge of managing and operating their local network, as well as any future maintenance and fault repairs. ICP-built or-operated networks will be utilised by one of two types of distribution network operators: distribution network operators and independent distribution network operators (IDNO).

You have the option of hiring an accredited contractor (ICP or IDNO) to execute contestable aspects of the work, or you can ask us to complete all of the connection work for you.

What is an Independent Connections Provider (ICP) and what does it do?

Your DNO is not required to complete contestable works. They can also be carried out by an independent connections supplier who is listed on Lloyds’ Register’s National Electricity Registration Scheme (NERS).

Under the National Electricity Registration Scheme, Lloyds Register is in charge of evaluating and accrediting ICPs.

From low voltage to 132 kV, an independent connections provider can do contestable work.

Contestable Works can be performed by an independent connections provider on behalf of a DNO or IDNO, or on behalf of a client.

Works that are contestable

An Independent Connections Provider (ICP) can perform the following types of contestable work:

  • Considering the influence of your new network connection on the existing one
  • Identifying and designing the existing network’s Point of Connection (POC)
  • Routes for overhead lines, cable routes, and substations require legal approval
  • The existing network can be strengthened in a competitive manner
  • Designing a network extension
  • Obtaining and providing equipment and supplies for the extension in accordance with DNOs’ current specifications
  • Site preparation and trenching, as well as the circuit routes between the development and the point of connection
  • The new connection development necessitated substation relocations and diversions
  • The network extension is being built
  • All work, as well as the locations of cable routes and other equipment (on or off site), is tracked, with full records sent to the DNOs
  • Reconstruction of any previously excavated areas, including cable routes
    arranging for metering equipment to be installed
  • Routes for overhead lines, cable routes, and substations require legal approval.

Works that are non-contestable

(and can only be done by the Distribution Network Operator):

  • Choosing the equipment and materials that will be used on their network
  • The new ICP connection/network design has been approved
  • Inspection and supervision of the ICPs’ activities on the new network’s construction
  • Observing the ICP test the newly installed electrical equipment

Using an independent connections provider has a number of advantages, including:

  • More options
  • increased adaptability
  • Faster shipping
  • It’s possible that it’ll be more cost-effective




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