Temporary power provider Aggreko has been awarded a five-year support and maintenance contract with Network Rail, the authority responsible for the UK’s rail network.

Aggreko said it would provide power for emergency support and planned maintenance as part of the deal, which includes rental and installation of large output power generation that will be used for a variety of applications.

It said mobile, modular diesel and gas generators, together with load banks, heaters, air conditioning units and associated technologies, would be used at trackside and across train stations, substations, signalling centres, tunnels, telecoms and operations centres.

John Anderson, Aggreko national accounts manager for Rail, said, “Everything needs power. We could be called to any part of the network to help in emergency situations, such as sudden power failures, or for planned events, such as scheduled maintenance.

“Safety and minimum disruption are paramount on the rail network and this new framework agreement will enable us to provide a fully coordinated service and to put in place further contingency plans to ensure power resilience.

“We have worked with Network Rail for many years to supply power to support planned and reactive maintenance, supporting construction projects, and emergency power outages. This long-term agreement gives Aggreko the opportunity to work closer with Network Rail to find new innovative solutions to meet its future needs."

Aggreko's specialist RISQS accredited UK rail division has served the sector for 10 years and operates from 18 locations throughout the UK and Ireland. Aggreko also provides national fuel management supply and 24/7 Aggreko Remote Monitoring on all of the rental packages supported by the Aggreko Remote Operating Centre, which is manned 24/7.

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