ICP works for Green Lane Sawmills

An exciting opportunity arose for M. H. Southern & Company to create a new production facility and sawmill when they moved production to their Felling site at Gateshead. Green Frog Connect completed the Independent Connection Provider (ICP) works for the project, creating significant cost and time savings through negotiating an Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO) solution that also allowed for flexibility in the design.

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Location: Gateshead
Project length: Three months
Client: M. H. Southern & Company
Services: Independent Connection Provider (ICP)

As an Independent Connection Provider (ICP) we were able to go out to market to negotiate a significant cost saving from the client’s incumbent Distribution Network Operator (DNO) enabling a 25% reduction in grid connection costs.

Project details

Redeveloping and enlarging an existing site provided an opportunity for M. H. Southern to merge their production sites into one facility in Gateshead. With the full project taking less than a year, the move was completed by December 2019, including the relocation of over 4,000m3 of stock. We became involved in the project in June 2019, and finished on site in September 2019, following the installation of an 11kV, 500KVA, substation with a single point, low voltage, 800 amp supply to the sawmill. We collaborated with the client to understand the historical energy usage and proposed an INDO adopted solution, significantly reducing their connection costs., as well as cutting the project timescale from 7 to 3 months.

The site was operational during the build of a new production facility and sawmill, creation of fully covered storage space and the installation of new preservative treatment tanks. We enabled this to happen through the provision of an alternative feed throughout the works.

We’re proud to have contributed to the smooth running of the business throughout the project. Delivering a connection on time and on budget was crucial to the client’s requirements to ensure they could meet customer orders, and we’re pleased to have supported another UK business in achieving their goals.