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Battery Storage - Contract Award - RES Press Release 18th July 2017

18th July 2017                                                          


Morrison Utility Connections, a major projects Independent Connection Provider (ICP) and part of Morrison Utility Services, has been appointed by energy storage system integrator RES (Renewable Energy Systems) to design and develop a 37MVA grid connection from South Shields to the Port of Tyne, one of the UK’s major deep-sea ports and trading gateways.

The 35MW energy storage project at Port of Tyne was developed and will be constructed and operated by RES, one of the world’s leading independent renewable energy and energy storage developers. The project was recently acquired by Foresight Group (Foresight), an independent infrastructure and private equity investment manager with an operational portfolio of more than 80 solar PV projects and 28 Energy from Waste (EfW) projects with a collective generating capacity of more than 1GW, enough to power more than 600,000 UK homes with clean electricity.

With construction work scheduled to begin in July 2017, Morrison Utility Connections’ ten-month scope of works will include installation and commissioning of a containerised substation, auxiliary transformer and connection of the battery storage equipment.

A comprehensive community engagement plan has been developed to ensure all key stakeholders are fully informed of the grid connection works.

Morrison Utility Connections Contract Director Andy Clark commented: “We are delighted to have secured this significant contract from RES, one of the leading energy storage system integrators in the world. This adds to our existing capability of supporting the delivery of battery storage projects and gives us unrivalled experience of this type in the UK.”

Tim French, Head of Energy Storage, commented: “RES is very pleased to be working with Morrison Utility Connections on the Port of Tyne energy storage project. The project will be delivered by RES for Foresight under a turnkey EPC and is due to start delivering vital grid services from January 2018 onwards.”




Paul Gilbert, Head of Communications

Tel: 07595 014687 / Email:


Press contact for RES:

Rachel Anderson, Head of External Affairs

Tel: 07795 680 803 /


About Morrison Utility Connections

Morrison Utility Connections, part of Morrison Utility Services, undertakes major utility projects and is an Independent Connection Provider (ICP) working throughout the UK. It designs and delivers large scale, contestable connections to adoptable Distribution Network Operator (DNO) standards, including high voltage electrical connection works, private wire and utility networks, energy storage and district heating. For more information, please visit:


About RES

RES (Renewable Energy Systems) is one of the world’s leading independent renewable energy companies. At the forefront of renewable energy development for over 30 years, RES has developed and/or built over 12GW of renewable energy and energy storage capacity worldwide. RES' core activities are onshore wind, offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission. RES is headquartered in the United Kingdom and operates across the globe.


About Morrison Utility Services

Morrison Utility Services is the UK’s largest, dedicated, independent utility service provider, working in long-term frameworks on behalf of regulated asset owners across the electricity, gas, telecommunications and water sectors. Morrison Utility Services is a part of M Group Services.

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