Energy savings take off for air traffic controllers

Air traffic control company NATS has sliced £1.7m off its energy bill following an overhaul of its electricity buying procedure. NATS hired energy broker Bergen Energi UK to create a […]

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By Kelvin Ross

Air traffic control company NATS has sliced £1.7m off its energy bill following an overhaul of its electricity buying procedure.

NATS hired energy broker Bergen Energi UK to create a bespoke risk-management solution. NATS has a unique set of energy requirements which Bergen Energi analysed and then developed a specific strategy.

Bergen Energi UK vice-president Richard Southgate said: “Our assistance with their energy tender allowed NATS to secure the best possible supply contract product and terms which provide us with the flexibility to buy electricity in non-consecutive tranches. This has led to immediate savings in the market and sets the groundwork for further best-value procurement over the coming years.

NATS head of facilities management Sean Allen said that the broker had made “the electricity purchasing process much more straightforward”.

NATS provides air traffic control services at 15 of the UK’s major airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow and last year handled 2.2m flights.