Thames Water's electric partnership with Winder Power

Posted: Friday 15th April 2016

As the UK's largest water and wastewater services provider with 15 million customers and 4,700 employees, Thames Water requires significant amounts of reliable power to continue to provide the 2.6 million litres of drinking water it supplies every day.

This is where Winder Power Ltd, the leading UK manufacturer of power and distribution transformers and generator equipment, steps in. Winder has been a supply partner to water utilities, including Thames Water, since 2013, for the supply of transformers up to 8MVA. The framework contract, which was awarded following a competitive tender process in 2013, lasts for up to 5 years and is the first significant partnership between Winder Power, the UK's largest water and wastewater services provider and its main contractors.

The partnership is part of Thames Water's bid to self-generate a third of its own energy by 2020 to reduce its reliance on the grid and put downward pressure on customer bills. It generated a total of 12.5% of its electricity requirements from renewable sources in 2014/2015, which is a 4% increase on the year before.

Recently named the Best Small Manufacturer in Yorkshire at the 2016 Made in Yorkshire awards, Winder has supplied £2 million worth of infrastructure to Thames Water and its contractors in the past 12 months, through long and short-term projects, with many more to come.

For example, since August 2015, Winder Power has completed the manufacturing and installation of several generator transformers totalling just under 50MVA for one of the main contractors for Thames Water. These projects, along with other short term projects provided under the framework, are hugely significant for Winder Power, as they were challenged to manufacture transformers on a project by project basis on an extremely demanding timescale.

Specialising in the design, build, deployment and management of distribution transformers and power transformers up to 60MVA, Winder Power has a proud history of serving a wide range of loyal customers in the utilities, renewable energy, and industrial sectors across the UK and internationally.

For the purpose of these projects with Thames Water, Winder Power has been required to manufacture bespoke one-off transformers that can take up to 16 weeks to complete, while in other instances manufacturing multiple unique transformers that take up to 6 months to complete. In addition, Winder Power also handles the delivery and on-site assembly of the new units.

Arguably, Winder's ability to create such significant generator transformers, built to exactly replicate the critical dimensions of existing or required units, is the reason they were carefully selected as the preferred suppliers under this framework.

The Thames Water framework comes during a successful period for Winder Power with a number of significant achievements including; new national and international contracts, growth and development of their workforce at our Pudsey HQ; important health and safety milestones and; diversification of their product offering to include larger, more complex transformers for our clients.

Originally known as RF Winder which was founded around the corner from the current premises in 1898, all Winder products continue to be designed, hand wound and assembled at the company's 80,000 square foot factory in Leeds. Winder moved to the new headquarters in 2008, which provided enhanced facilities for continued growth of its power and distribution transformer business for utilities transportation and industry. Growth and expansion is currently at an all-time high for Winder Power with 20 new jobs to be created by the end of 2015 to meet current contracts and the extensive orders expected for the coming year.

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