Kvaerner Construction has strengthened its position in the communications business by securing its first overseas contract for a major mobile phone network.
An initial six-month contract worth £1.2 million to install radio base stations across central Holland for Dutchtone has been awarded by service provider Alcatel. This brings the total value of communications work secured by the company to £120 million.
Dedicated resources and skills, which have been developed in recent years carrying out similar projects in the UK, played a key part in securing this latest contract. To date Kvaerner Construction has installed more than 250 UK radio sites for operators including Vodafone, One-2-One and Dolphin Telecommunications, as well as working on maintenance contracts for BT.
Kvaerner Construction’s latest contract covers more than 60 base stations which will be installed on rooftop sites such as office blocks, churches and water towers stretching from Eindhoven, north to Utrecht and across to Arnhem and the German border. Work involves the erection of masts, cat ladders, steelwork platforms, rigging and antenna installation plus control cabinets and lightning protection equipment. This work will commence next month.
Kvaerner Construction’s project manager, Roger Bradshaw, commented: "As our first step into mainland Europe, this award by Alcatel offers enormous potential as the telecommunications market gathers pace throughout the continent, following deregulation last year."
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