11th December 2007 - Infoterra Ltd, a leader in the provision of geospatial products and services, has won a contract from EDF Energy Networks, one of the UK's largest energy companies, 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."
About Infoterra Ltd.
Infoterra Ltd is a leading provider of geographic information products and services. Its portfolio of geographic information solutions includes airborne and satellite data acquisition, geo-information creation, database management and outsourced hosting. Infoterra provides geospatial knowledge to companies worldwide to help them make informed decisions. The company has major customers in communications, utilities, engineering, agriculture, defence and oil, gas & mineral exploration.
Infoterra Ltd. is part of the Infoterra group, which comprises companies in France, Germany and the United Kingdom, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Astrium Ltd, an EADS company.
GeoPerspectives is a joint venture between Infoterra Ltd and BlueSky International Ltd to provide airborne acquired geospatial data for England and Wales.
About EDF Energy
EDF Energy is one of the UK's largest energy companies. We provide power to a quarter of the UK's population via our electricity distribution networks in London, the South East and the East of England. We supply gas and electricity to over 5 million customers and generate about 5GW of energy from our coal and gas power stations, as well as combined heat and power plants and wind farms. The company is also a key player in national infrastructure projects including management of private electricity networks serving four London airports and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, the country's first major new railway in 100 years. We employ nearly 13,000 people at locations across the UK. EDF Energy is a core part of EDF Group, one of Europe's largest power companies.
For more information contact
Sarah Haslam, Infoterra Ltd, +44 (0)116 273 2300,
Cheryl Billson, PR for Infoterra, +44 (0)7791 720460,