Powerteam, which designs and builds electricity substations and overhead lines for utility and private operators in the UK and Ireland, has awarded Lex Autolease a five-year £3.7m contract to manage the Belfast-based company’s fleet of vehicles.
Powerteam’s fleet of 140 commercial vehicles will be used in some of the remotest and challenging locations in the UK and Ireland.
The fleet is made up of vans, specialist vehicles and 4x4s and will help to service the company’s increasing client base which includes Scottish and Southern Energy, Scottish Power, Northern Powergrid, Electricity North West and Electricity Supply Board.
Michael Egner, procurement manager, Powerteam, said: “We awarded the five year contract to Lex Autolease after a competitive tendering process.
“We felt that their smart working processes and breadth of industry knowledge married well with our plans over the next 5 – 7 years.
“Amongst other things, Lex Autolease will allow us online access to all vehicle maintenance and servicing records which will help us to deliver significant cost savings over the next number of years. As well as that some vehicles are equipped with BlueMotion technology which will help to cut fuel consumption and reduce harmful emissions.”
Upon appointment, Lex Autolease arranged the sale and lease back of Powerteam’s entire fleet, taking control from the business’ previous provider.
Janice Cadden, sales director at Lex Autolease, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the contract for the supply and management of the Powerteam fleet.
“As a company, our focus is on providing operational excellence to our clients as well as pushing the boundaries in terms of advice and consultation.
“We look forward to effectively managing this complex, commercial vehicle fleet as well as working in partnership with Powerteam to deliver a market leading and cost effective fleet strategy.”
Allison Hay, business development manager in Scotland and Northern Ireland, added: “Powerteam’s fleet is integral to supporting the maintenance of the UK and Ireland’s electricity infrastructure.
“We are committed to ensuring that businesses like Powerteam can concentrate on the valuable work that they do and be fully backed with a cost-effective fleet solution, expert consultancy, maintenance and operational support.”
A wholly owned subsidiary of ESB, Powerteam has offices in Perth, Basingstoke, Manchester, Omagh and Belfast and directly employs in excess of 200 staff and 150 sub-contracted workers to service its growing portfolio of clients across the UK and Ireland.