A £55.7 million contract to upgrade infrastructure at MPA, in the Falkland Islands was signed this week between Southampton based Trant Engineering Ltd and the UK Defense Infrastructure Organization (DIO).
The contract is for the upgrade of the main power station, main boiler house and district heating system, which have been in service for a number of years and will ensure that the facilities continue to provide a safe and reliable means of supplying electrical power and hot water for many years to come.
The announcement comes after Defense Secretary Michael Fallon visited the Falkland Islands in February, and forms part of his commitment of £180 million investment over the next decade to modernize the military infrastructure on the Islands.
Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said: the upgrading of these facilities is an important part of our major investment plan to deliver better infrastructure for our armed forces. Alongside our recent contract to improve Mare harbor, we are boosting our defensive capability and supporting the Islands.
This latest contract is expected to be followed by investment to improve new services accommodation at the 3 Radar Heads.
There are currently around 1,200 military and civilian personnel based in the Falklands supporting defensive air, naval and land assets, including RAF Typhoon aircraft, helicopters, Royal Navy patrol vessels and an army infantry company.
Simon Trant, Managing Director International at Trant Engineering said that it will be a privilege and honor to utilize our expertise to upgrade Mount Pleasant power station.
The contract award follows a rigorous and exacting selection process. We look forward to delivering efficient, integrated and innovative improvements and working with partners in our trademark collaborative manner. We have been working on various infrastructure projects on the Falkland Islands and are operationally familiar with the environment.