The Contractor Management Challenge for Power Utilities

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The Contractor Challenge for Power Utilities

As we’ve discussed before, the UK power utilities sector is entering a period of disruption brought on by a combination of forces including skills shortages and the availability of ‘free’ energy to the consumer afforded by renewables. Particularly for the asset-heavy side of the sector, requiring significant on-going investment, this disruption will create a tough investment environment, one which will … Read More

The Power Utilities Death Spiral and What it Means for Health and Safety

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Normally business investments are made in a climate of growth with some level of stability and predictability. But, what happens when a sector is faced with massive change and an existing business model that is trending towards zero, e.g. “the utility death spiral”? That was the topic of a recent research report by Banyard Solutions, “UK Utilities: Yes, Investment is … Read More

Overview of Health and Safety in the Water Industry

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UK health and safety in the water industry

This is the first in a series of posts arising from research into health and safety in the UK water industry. It’s a high level overview of the issues. Future posts will explore these further and present potential solutions. The water industry in the UK is well-established so it’s not surprising that most companies in it have well-established health and … Read More

Health and Safety Issues in Utilities – A Primer

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Health and Safety Issues in Utilities – A Primer

When you compare the utilities sector with sectors like manufacturing and construction, it has a relatively good health and safety record. Substantial risks remain in the sector, however, due to the nature of the work and the technologies and equipment used. The scale of the utilities sector is a factor too. It includes industries like electricity generation, electricity distribution, and … Read More