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Atkins has been delivering mechanical, electrical, civil and structural engineering services to the electrical generation and distribution sector for over 20 years. We have regional hubs in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.


Our business focus is power networks and thermal generation. We specialise in developing and delivering long-term alliances and client frameworks through which we can offer access to a wide portfolio of our services to maximise client value.

We are a partner in National Grid’s Alliances which are responsible for the design and construction of transmission substations. Having recently strengthened our skillset through acquisition, we also offer wide ranging asset integrity and project services to the majority of  the UK’s largest power generators. Our clients include Scottish and Southern Energy, Drax Power Ltd, Western Power Distribution, EirGrid and EDF Energy.

The global power market is being driven by the need for secure, affordable and renewable energy sources. This has presented an upsurge in demand for high quality professional consulting services. Atkins is able to provide the breadth and depth of skills that are necessary to meet the needs of the power sector. Our well proven strategy of offering the wider services of the Atkins Group wrapped around our core power sector capability is all-encompassing.

We have a large scale multidisciplinary design capability that is provided through a structured project delivery process and we ensure competitive cost advantage of up to 30% savings to our clients. Our strong technical offering, proven delivery process and competitive pricing is a compelling value proposition in this fast moving and technically complex sector.

Atkins is continuing to develop its power sector services in the global market place, delivering its services through the network of Atkins offices around the world. We are tackling a diverse range of new power projects such as offshore generation and transmission and the integration of smart grid technology that will ensure our clients are well prepared for the evolution of the power sector.

Our commitment to the future is highlighted by our staff development through the Power Academy Scheme where we provide scholarships and work placements to undergraduates and accelerate their development through structured training and hands on experience. We are also proud to be a member of CIGRE (International Council for Large Electric Systems).

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Power networks provides high end professional engineering services through to full project implementation solutions across the entire spectrum of electricity networks, from HV power transmission systems to LV industrial power distribution and controls.

Thermal generation supports many of Europe's leading power utilities including EdF/British Energy, Iberdrola/ScottishPower and Scottish & Southern Energy. We also work with smaller generators, developers, regulators and lenders.

Power networks

Power networks operates in the electricity utilities sector and retains a core of professionally qualified staff specialising in heavy electrical engineering and providing the following range of skills:

  • High voltage substation design
  • Overhead line design
  • Network planning and development
  • Protection and automated control design
  • Power distribution and protection design
  • Power system modelling, protection grading studies and fault level analysis
  • New connection applications and scheme design
  • Construction management and commissioning

In addition, we provide technical support for all aspects of the main and auxiliary electrical systems on power stations including fossil fuelled, nuclear and renewables.

Our key clients in this area include National Grid, Western Power Distribution and Eirgrid.

Thermal generation

Thermal generation has an impressive and growing pedigree as a consultant to the power generation industry. We cover the full generation lifecycle, through feasibility and development, design and build, asset management, decommissioning and demolition. We are involved in all aspects of the environmental challenges and opportunities, including emissions reduction, carbon capture and storage, and UK and international legislation. We support all mainstream generation technologies including:

  • Coal
  • Gas
  • Nuclear
  • Oil, including diesel and biodiesel
  • Energy from waste
  • Combined heat and power (CHP)
  • Biomass
  • Wind
  • Hydro

Our services are provided by a rapidly expanding high calibre team; our key clients in this area include Iberdrola/Scottish Power, EDF Energy, Scottish & Southern Energy.


Aubrey Keller
14 Mar 2017

Atkins’ acquisition of Howard Humphreys, a multidisciplinary engineering consultancy based in Kenya and Tanzania, has the potential to open up access to any number of infrastructure projects across East Africa. We hope energy projects will play a key role, and to help facilitate that I recently moved from the UK to live in Nairobi. Howard Humphreys has an excellent reputation across the broader East Africa region. In all my dealings with those in the engineering industry locally, individuals always speak very highly of Howard Humphreys and their previous infrastructure projects. Now, combining Howard Humphreys traditional expertise with the skills and abilities Atkins’ global Energy business has in nuclear, conventional power, renewables, and oil and gas, we hope to grow our engineering and design capabilities in the energy market in East Africa and beyond. We think there are plenty of opportunities to do just that. Kenya’s installed generation capacity is roughly 2.5 GW (40% hydro, 30% other renewables, 30% conventional) however the electrification rate is only 25% - 40%, depending on which statistics you look at. The per capita demand for electricity is below average, which can be attributed to the low electrification rate and few, large industrial consumers, among other reasons. Significant investment and efforts have already been committed to upgrade and expand transmission and distribution infrastructure, with more planned. Aside from increasing electrification rates, these activities also seek to increase overall grid reliability and robustness to support increased integration of intermittent renewable generation. Increasing electrification rates in rural areas

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Jessica Green
03 Feb 2017

I have always been of the view that the huge push for gender diversity we see so frequently in engineering firms is condescending and undermining to women. I don’t need a support network when I see myself as equal. I don’t need motivational sessions from ‘empowered women’ when I see no difference between the ‘empowered women’ and the more competent of my male colleagues around me. Strong and weak people come in both genders, and by categorising ourselves as empowered, we succumb to the stale stereotype that women are weaker than men, and we degrade ourselves whilst complaining that it is the men that are degrading us. In my relatively short experience as an engineer, I have received nothing but respect from my male counterparts; the only sexism I have encountered was from another female engineer who, for some reason, did not like having another woman in the office. I felt patronised when colleagues asked how I thought they could attract more women to the firm. There isn’t an abundance of women with engineering degrees, where did they think they were going to attract them from?! Engineering was simply more for the male‐minded amongst us. Recently however, whilst working on an international project with a global workforce, I specifically noticed one very alien concept: the Spanish engineers were an equal male‐female balance. In fact, on researching the figures, I discovered that the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineers in the whole of Europe. Whilst I still disagree with the use of

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Richard Piggin
26 Jan 2017

The most recent campaign is reported to have commenced on 6 December, continuing through to 20 December. Vsevolod Kovalchuk, a director at the Ukrainian national energy company Ukrenergo, told Reuters that the 200 megawatt interruption was equivalent to approximately a fifth of Kiev's night time energy consumption, and that the scale of the interruption was very rare. The automation was shut down in the Pivnichna power transmission substation located north of Kiev. The remote terminal units (RTUs) opened circuit breakers, causing a power outage that lasted for 75 minutes. Power was restored manually, with full restoration early the following morning. Power loss was reported in northern Kiev and on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River and the surrounding area. The Ukrenergo director described ‘external influences’ effecting workstations and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) servers, and anomalies with transmission network data. Although investigations are ongoing, in the meantime researchers have confirmed significant similarities to the power outage a year earlier. This includes phishing attacks, with malware embedded in Microsoft document macros, and traces of BlackEnergy 3 malware used in the attacks targeting Ukraine Government organisations. Oleksii Yasnskiy of ISSP labs, distinguished the more recent attacks, using significant obfuscation: “Being more complex and better organised.” Marina Krotofil, a security researcher at Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security Lab contrasted the previous damaging attack: “They could do many more things, but obviously they didn’t have this as an intent. It was more like a demonstration of capabilities.” Ukrainian media and security researchers have also

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Nick Roberts
12 Aug 2016

It’s estimated that an average adult will make somewhere in the region of 35,000 conscious decisions every day. Granted, many of these will be fairly trivial, but a significant number of them will require us to make a choice of whether to compete or collaborate. Generally speaking competing means pursuing self-interest before all else. The gains can be more significant, but the losses too. Competition runs to the core of what businesses and business leaders, and even individuals, are expected to do. On the other hand, collaborating means that you have to share your competitive advantage and work harder to make sure the relationships with your partners run smoothly. Risk and reward for the individual companies is normally smaller but in the long term you will probably achieve a greater good. As we face increasingly complex challenges and an evolving business landscape the lines between competing and collaborating have to move closer together so we can have the best of both worlds. The people of the UK have recently been asked one of the most important questions in recent history. Do we want to forge our own way or do we want to be part of something bigger. We chose to go it alone. In other words we want to compete and to do better. It’s therefore slightly ironic that in order to do this successfully we will need to collaborate more than ever. Focusing firstly on Brexit, it is a mind-blowingly complex task to unpick countless EU rules, regulations, standards,

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Atkins will work closely with some of the UK’s leading cavern storage operators in identifying and examining the representative salt caverns in Cheshire, Teesside and East Yorkshire that could store hydrogen to be used in power generation. The critical data and technical expertise provided by the operators will assist in the development of hydrogen storage models for each region. The six-month project will provide more detail on the suitability of individual caverns and the costs associated with using them, increasing the evidence base needed if they are to be developed further. It follows on from a report published by the ETI in 2015 which focused on hydrogen generation from fossil fuels, biomass or waste gasification, or steam reforming of methane, all with carbon capture and storage. The use of a store and responsive gas turbine greatly improves the flexibility of power output to the grid, whilst allowing the hydrogen generator and CCS plant, to operate at peak efficiency. The report showed how a single H2 cavern could cater for the peak energy demands and fluctuations of a whole city. There are over 30 large salt caverns in use in the UK today storing natural gas for the power and heating market. Many of these could potentially be re-used for hydrogen storage or new caverns constructed in the extensive salt fields which are deep underground in many parts of the UK. The ETI’s Insight on the potential role of hydrogen storage can be found at http://www.eti.co.uk/carbon-capture-and-storage-the-role-of-hydrogen-storage-in-a-clean-responsive-power-system/

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We are helping to enable a production line approach to fabrication, rather than a bespoke solution each time, driving down the whole life costs to DONG Energy whilst maintaining the highest safety Atkins has contracts for detailed engineering design of offshore substation platforms (OSPs) at DONG Energy construction projects around the UK; one substation at the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay two substations at the Race Bank offshore wind farm off the north coast of Norfolk and two substations at the Walney Extension offshore wind farm off the coast of Barrow-in-Furness in the Irish Sea. In 2015, we were awarded a contract for engineering design services for three offshore substations with helidecks and refuelling systems for DONG Energy’s proposed Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm, taking the total number of OSPs that Atkins is designing to eight. With over 30 years looking after oil and gas offshore structures, we can directly apply lessons learned in terms of construction and operation in deeper waters, foundation and jacket technology, the use of heavy-lift vessels and asset maintenance offshore. Our UK based team will be working together with DONG Energy to apply the lessons on these large, complex projects enabling us to set new benchmarks in stripping out any fat for an industry that needs to become more and more competitive with other energy sources. DONG Energy is progressing to a standardised wind farm, reducing the costs of offshore wind energy by 35

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Atkins produced the detailed design for E.ON’s Humber Gateway offshore wind farm’s offshore substation support structure. Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Limited delivered E.ON with a full design and build package with Atkins subcontracted for the module support structure design. This project was awarded to Atkins because of our geotechnical expertise and capability to develop feasible foundation designs for the chalk ground conditions. The offshore substation platform substructure consists of two components; a piled jacket and a module support frame (MSF) that was lifted onto the jacket substructure on site. All work was performed with due consideration to the difficult ground conditions and a key project requirement to enable installation using the project’s jack-up vessel – the MPI Adventure – which imposed restrictive load curve limits on geometry and weight. This enabled the developer to make optimal use of long term charter arrangements and mitigate installation risks. The MSF provides support and allows access to two topside modules. The modules are connected to the foundation through eight support points, four per module. The modules connect to the wind farm by eight array cables each and are connected to land by one export cable each. Atkins conducted: • Full in-place, load-out, transportation analyses • Lift structural analyses for both structures • Fatigue, ship impact and on bottom stability analysis for the jacket substructure • Detailed design drawings based on calculations for fabrication at Harland and Wolff’s shipyards in Belfast. The work took place during 2013, and was completed in 2014. Humber Gateway is located in the northern part of the Greater

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Atkins undertook a Power Plant Siting Study (PPSS) research project to contribute to a major report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) into the importance of low carbon technologies in the UK power mix. The report, titled “The role for nuclear within a low carbon energy system”, looked at both small and large scale nuclear power and how both could potentially play a crucial role in the move to an affordable low carbon economy. We were appointed in June 2014 to carry out the PPSS to inform the ETI’s scenario modelling of the transition towards future UK low carbon energy systems. We applied existing nuclear power station siting criteria to clarify the potential for expanded nuclear deployment to analyse the siting constraints of potential locations for new low carbon and nuclear power stations. The PPSS delivered a baseline assessment of siting capacity for large nuclear power stations in England and Wales, and then examined a wide range of sensitivity studies including indicative site capacity for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), and the potential for competition for sites between nuclear and CCS power stations. The full report from the ETI can be viewed at www.eti.co.uk/the-role-for-nuclear-within-a-low-carbon-energy-system/    

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Traditionally Atkins’ support to Dubai Airports (DA) has been transport focussed, with signature projects including a Landside Strategic Plan, Airside Strategic Plan and Logistics Masterplan. We were commissioned to create a holistic strategy for landside multi-modal transportation operations to address the anticipated future landside transport demand at Dubai International over the next 10 years, until operations transfer over to new Al Maktoum International Airport. Building on a reputation of high quality and consistent delivery, a broad range of opportunities have now arisen, including consultancy services to support the design and implementation of an Energy Management programme and systems. This project will see Atkins play a crucial role in helping to demonstrate that DA has a robust and integrated Energy Management performance strategy. Our multidisciplinary team will work with the client to embed an energy management programme success model as part of the work, based around the core themes of People, Process and Technical. The programme’s main objectives are to create a schedule of energy improvement initiatives; baseline and monitor electricity and water consumption; integrate all energy management activities; provide control and reporting and set realistic targets to develop and manage a complete plan to meet the DSCE directive. We have also developed an Electric Vehicle Policy, Regulations and Guidelines document on behalf of DA to identify the minimum requirements for planning, delivering and managing Electric Vehicles (EVs) within the passenger terminals and concourses of Dubai International. The Guidelines also considered the development of concourses at the new Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai which

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At Atkins, we’re able to combine decades of deep engineering experience with the tools and techniques of innovation. The work of the Digital Incubator—and our innovation partners Fluxx—helps us to understanding the hype cycle, enabling us to help clients make the most of new technology.  We’re then able to use our global network to empower Clients to work faster and smarter than ever before. For example, we worked to help clients use unmanned aerial vehicles, 3D scanning, data analysis and virtual reality to dramatically improve asset management in large and complex sites.  This video shows geomatics consultants Charlton Bland and Kevin Ballard scanning and analysing complex visual and radar scan data. Multiple data sets can be combined to provide intelligence for decision support; predicting collapses before they happen.   The film shows how this rich 3D mapping can be used in a virtual reality environment for purposes as diverse as staff training or public consultation.   To learn more about digital engineering or book a visit to the Atkins Digital Incubator, contact Gary Wilson: Gary.Wilson@atkinsglobal.com

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Atkins has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Scottish and Southern Energy PLC (SSE) to join a framework of key suppliers to help to drive efficiencies in its offshore wind programme.Atkins’ role includes the provision of expert engineering design advice as part of an alliance of leading companies who are supporting SSE in its drive to boost its renewable energy provision. The supplier framework will form an offshore wind alliance designed to help secure substantial reductions in the cost of delivered power from offshore wind farms. The alliance brings together leading players in offshore wind and offshore oil & gas, with vast experience in energy, engineering and construction.

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Atkins is acting as the lead consultant for a 1,600 ha mixed use development site in Johannesburg.  A wide range of services are being delivered by Atkins including: lead designer for the Framework Masterplan submitted to the City of Johannesburg, environmental assessments, socioeconomics, planning, cost consulting and public engagement; along with advisory on innovative transport and infrastructure solutions. The site is located on the alignment of the only high speed rail service in Africa, which connects the international airport to the city centre and central business district. A new high speed rail station is planned on the existing alignment and is located in the town centre of this development. The new station already has planning approval and the anticipated delivery date is in 2018.  This development will likely offer: Over 50,000 new homes 300,000 permanent jobs 13.5 billion rand a year for the national economy All elements needed for day-to-day life are incorporated into this truly mixed use scheme. Additionally, strategic scale flood control, renewable power generation and improved community infrastructure are all integrated using efficient that are only viable when working at this scale.  Stakeholder engagement is a significant part of the Atkins role. Monthly workshop sessions, led by Atkins, allow the City of Johannesburg and associated council members to participate in the design process. Public engagement, where over 600 people have attended sessions held so far, is used to answer questions and build support for this exciting project.  To read more about the high

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In this section you can find brochures produced by Atkins for the power sector.

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Power Brochure pdf 1.8MB

In this section you can find technical papers and thought leadership articles produced by Atkins for the power sector.

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UAE holistic plan: Kadra power infrastructure development pdf 137KB
Creep-fatigue life assessment of reheater tubes at detuning strap connections pdf 240KB
Fracture propagation of CO2 pipelines pdf 1.9MB