Other companies who provide a connections service are known as
Independent Connection Providers (ICPs) or Independent Distribution Network
below shows the competitive elements of new connections work:
ICPs and IDNOs can carry out most aspects of the work needed to
build and operate a new network. This includes:
We provide them with all the information
they need about our network. If the ICP or IDNO doesn’t wish to, or cannot,
carry out the works, we can do so for your project.
Once the work for your new connection is
complete, it will be linked to our existing network. This means we will need to
assess how your project will affect our network to ensure your POC and design
will work for all and to carry out any work needed on our network. This is
known as non-contestable work.
Many companies will
work with us on your behalf so you still deal with one company. Some companies
will carry out the whole job for you - planning, designing and building the
network themselves. Others will project manage the work and use suitable
sub-contractors to build the network.
When you receive your quotation / connection
offer from us it will provide you with 2 options:
If you choose us to carry out ‘All works’ or
‘Non-contestable works only’, you should return your signed quotation /
connection Acceptance (where required), with the appropriate payment. Our team
will contact you to explain the next steps.
If you have chosen
‘Non-contestable works only’, you will need to appoint an ICP/IDNO to carry out
the contestable works. Lists of accredited ICP’s / IDNO’s and other alternative
providers can be found at:
Your ICP / IDNO will then submit a design of
their proposed contestable works. Once we have the design our connection
delivery team will liaise with your chosen provider to arrange for us to
witness your ICP/ IDNO installing the contestable works where required.
Finally, we or they will make the final connection to get your power on.
If you have any questions or require further
advice on the above process you can contact your appointed Connection Designer
/ Commercial Contract Manager for further assistance. Their contact details
will be listed on the covering letter of your quotation / connection offer.