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Murphy captures Carillion power arm, takes on National Grid frameworks

Carillion power lines

Carillion’s UK power business has been taken on by J Murphy & Sons, giving the contractor positions on a number of major National Grid frameworks.

Murphy will take over Carillion’s position on three National Grid frameworks covering work on: electricity overhead lines; substations; and underground cabling.

The trio of frameworks cover a range of energy infrastructure projects, including the 20km, 400kv overhead line from Richborough to Canterbury, connecting the Nemo Link interconnector from Belgium with the UK network.

Murphy has also replaced the failed contractor as Finnish telecom company Eltel’s partner on the MEJV joint venture, appointed to the overhead line and T Pylon framework.

As part of the agreement to take on the contracts, Carillion employees will join Murphy.

Murphy group strategy director David Brewer said: “At Murphy, we believe that private ownership creates a natural alignment of the interests of our customers, owners, employees and suppliers.  We all benefit from a sustainable business, managed for the long term. 

“Our success is founded on strong values and investing to develop deep engineering and direct delivery capability.  This is an environment where the power business we have acquired today can thrive”.

There have been a total of 829 job losses at Carillion since the company went into liquidation last month, with more than 1,000 roles linked to public sector contracts saved so far, according to figures from the Official Receiver.

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