Leicester, UK, December 11, 2007: Infoterra Ltd, geospatial products and services company, has won a contract from EDF Energy Networks to map its overhead high-voltage power line network and adjacent vegetation to ensure a continued safe and reliable electricity supply.
Infoterra, using the latest high resolution GeoPerspectives aerial imagery, will deliver an accurate mapping solution to the vegetation team at EDF Energy Networks. This will enable the team to rapidly identify priority areas without site visits, so helping EDF Energy Networks to achieve efficiencies for its vegetation management budget.
The survey will cover the Eastern and Southern areas of EDF Energy Networks’ operational area (a region incorporating more than 5.5 million customers and covering 30,000 sq km), and will support compliance for the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reforms Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity (ESQC) regulations.
“Our contract with Infoterra will ensure that we have an accurate vegetation map of our entire overhead high-voltage network, allowing us to identify sites requiring immediate attention and tightly manage our vegetation cutting budget,” said Ray Crouch, Vegetation Contracts Manager for EDF Energy Networks. “We selected Infoterra because they were offering to provide a cost-effective innovative solution that fitted with our future plans.”
Dr Andy Wells, Director of Sales for Infoterra Ltd, said: “Recent reports have shown that the utility sector is spending some £50 million annually on vegetation management. Through using accurate mapping, utility companies could dramatically reduce this cost while at the same time increasing management efficiency. We look forward to working alongside EDF Energy Networks to help it put geospatial data to work in its business.”