Vantrunk signs contract for Hinkley Point C

Hinkley Point C (HPC) on the Somerset coast will be the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK in over 20 years and will provide enough low-carbon electricity for around 6 million homes.

HPC, situated adjacent to the existing Hinkley Point A and B stations will be the first European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) built in the UK by EDF.

“Nuclear is crucial if the UK is to achieve Net Zero. It provides low-carbon electricity irrespective of the weather or time of day and will allow the system to operate without fossil fuels.”
Humphrey Cadoux Hudson, Managing Director, Nuclear Development at EDF

HPC will mark a significant milestone in the UK’s revitalisation of the nuclear power industry and the move to reducing carbon emissions. The electricity generated by its two reactors will offset 9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year over its 60-year lifespan.

HPC has appointed Vantrunk as the sole supplier of the complete cable containment package including cable ladder and cable tray. The substantial contract will be supplied over a 3-4 year build period and will be managed by the MEH Alliance which consists of Altrad, Balfour Beatty Bailey, Cavendish Nuclear and Doosan Babcock.

Vantrunk is the specialist arm of the Unitrunk Group, a leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative cable management solutions, with over 50 years’ expertise in the cable containment industry.

The longstanding industry giant is headquartered in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, with a second manufacturing facility in Warrington, England and also comprises a network of 8 sales and distribution depots throughout Great Britain and Republic of Ireland.

While HPC will be the first power station of its type in the UK for some time it will not be the company’s first foray into the energy sector. Vantrunk are known globally for providing expert solutions and innovative products to the Global Energy, Oil & Gas, and Industrial Processing Sectors.

With major international projects under their belt such as BP West Nile Delta (Egypt), Gorgon LNG (Australia) and Shah Deniz (Azerbaijan), Vantrunk was a natural choice for a project of this scale and significance in the UK.

Alan Campbell, Group Projects Director at Vantrunk comments:

“We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as the sole supplier of cable management systems at Hinkley Point C. It is a landmark project and an important step in the UK’s move towards establishing a NetZero future.

As a team we have put a large amount of time and effort into the HPC project over the last number of years and to see it finally come to fruition is hugely rewarding. Securing a contract like this will provide job security to both manufacturing facilities in the coming years which is a huge bonus in the current climate.

We appreciate that there were a number of contenders for the substantial cable management contract, however, we believe that our ability as a group to offer an all-encompassing cable management solution saw us emerge as the sole preferred supply partner. When you also factor in our proven track record of major project execution, our highly skilled design team capable of providing innovative and bespoke solutions and our impressive manufacturing and distribution network we believe we are the perfect partner for such a prestigious project.”


New Lighting Bracket Product Range

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As the specialist in cable management solutions for extreme environments, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new range of lighting unit accessories at this year’s SPE Offshore Europe Exhibition and Conference in Aberdeen (3rd – 6th September 2019).

We will be exhibiting our cable management product range including the showcasing of our new lighting range for the first time on our stand (1R38) as part of the EIC pavilion in Hall 1.

This launch demonstrates Vantrunk’s ongoing commitment to innovation in the design and development of products suitable for challenging environments such as those found in the oil & gas, energy and heavy engineering industries. All of the new products are designed to be used in conjunction with Vantrunk’s Speedway Cable Ladder, Cable Tray and Intelok Steel Framing Systems. The new lighting unit accessory range also includes a variety of mounting brackets, cable guides and handrail mounting kits.

The accessory range features a variety of brackets that includes a selection of fixed angle and adjustable angle variants that also accommodate numerous mounting conditions, including mounting to the side or above and/or below Vantrunk’s Cable Management Systems. This ensures the range provides adaptable solutions that cover various onsite scenarios.

Also being launched alongside the mounting brackets is a series of Handrail Mounting Kits that cover a range of heights and situations, and a collection of cable guides that are designed to direct and protect the cabling for the lighting unit.

Vantrunk’s Technical Team worked in close collaboration with Chalmit, part of the Hubbell Harsh & Hazardous Group, to utilise their extensive experience of supplying reliable, quality-driven and cost effective lighting solutions, in order to ensure that the lighting unit accessories meet customers’ requirements and provide value-added solutions. The team also took care to ensure that the new product range is fully compatible with lighting units from all leading manufacturers.

Matt Ryder, Technical Manager at Vantrunk comments “Our technical team developed the lighting unit mounting brackets so that it is possible to mount lighting units directly to hardware, such as Vantrunk’s Cable Management Systems, that are already installed. This eliminates the need to drill existing steelwork or erect dedicated poles or structures in order to install lighting units.

“These brackets form a part of a range of solutions that can significantly reduce the weight, cost and installation time of lighting installations, while ensuring that designers and engineers can still achieve the project’s lighting design.”

Alan Campbell, Vantrunk’s Group Projects Director adds: “The biennial SPE Offshore Exhibition and Conference is the ideal forum to launch this innovative new range of lighting brackets and accessories as it continues to be a leading event for sharing best practice in the design and specification of offshore environments.

“Our focus as a market leader in cable management solutions for extreme environments is to offer the industry products that help to manage the cost, weight and programme of offshore projects while aiding improved design, functionality and resilience. Development of the new range is aligned to these goals and complements Vantrunk’s reputation for innovative, market-focused design.”

To find out more about our new product line come visit us at the Offshore Europe show our contact sales@vantrunk.co.uk.



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Projects that are constructed in extreme environments or designed to require extreme engineering, such as oil and gas, petrochemical, heavy industry and nuclear facilities, are often extremely complex and highly demanding. Designing the mechanical and electrical services for these assets requires an accurate specification and excellent spatial data in order to avoid any service route clashes.

Sophisticated 3D modelling programs have helped significantly to manage the complexities of this process, improve accuracy and aid effective collaboration between delivery partners. That’s why Vantrunk has fully integrated our entire cable management portfolio in the latest 3D plant design software, including cable ladder, cable tray and our triple-slotted modular support system.

How Vantrunk Can Help You Model Your Cable Management in 3D

We’re committed to supporting engineers and designers in maximising projects’ productivity and capabilities, working with you to advise on the best cable management solutions, including bespoke items developed by our in-house design team where required. That commitment is the same whether you’re working on a small brownfield upgrade or a huge multi-faceted scheme, and integration of our product range within 3D modelling software is just one example of how we deliver that in practice.

Our products have been integrated with the latest plant design software, including AVEVA PDMS and Everything3D, and Hexagon PPM Smart 3D (formerly known as Intergraph Smart Plant 3D).
The availability of our entire product catalogue in these systems helps you to:
- Reduce design time
- Improve accuracy
- Avoid costly re-working of the design during the site phase
- Prevent potential delays by resolving any issues during the design phase

The Benefits of 3D Digital Modelling in Plant Design

There are several reasons why using a cable management system available within your digital design software can help you save time and costs, improve your design and avoid potential problems during the build phase. Here are just a few of them.

Thanks to our investment in ensuring all our product data is available in 3D digital modelling systems commonly used by engineers and designers, you can not only clearly visualise the cable management systems as you design them, but also gain an accurate understanding of the weight of each component in the cable management infrastructure. This can be particularly beneficial where transportation of building materials to remote or offshore locations is a major cost or logistical consideration, and for projects where the structural loading of the electrical services needs to be controlled.

The digital modelling software can help you plan the routes of cables and cable management with accurate product dimensions embedded in the model thanks to the integration of our product data within the system. Clash-detection and integrity checking are automatic, supporting improved buildability and avoiding costly re-working and potential delays once the project reaches site.

Designing the cable management installation using a 3D modelling program enhances efficiency for all disciplines and helps the team to manage risk, cost and timescales for both new build and refurbishment projects. Potential savings can be identified and plants can start up faster and more safely, meeting mission-critical deadlines and requirements.

Procurement Advantages

It’s not just the design process that’s more accurate when using a cable management system that’s been integrated with a digital modelling program; the Vantrunk data in the system also helps to ensure a smoother procurement process.

Our investment in fully integrating our product catalogue with the most popular digital design software platforms means that you benefit from full part code compatibility with Vantrunk’s ordering system. It also means that drawings, reports and bills of materials (BoM) are produced directly from the digital modelling software, ensuring their accuracy and compatibility with the products in our range.

First-hand Experience

We know that integration of our products with digital modelling software has made a big difference to the engineers and design teams we work with, because they’ve told us.

Here’s what lead electrical engineer, Gary Hastings, had to say: “Using the Vantrunk catalogue in the Aveva PDMS modelling system during the design phase will prevent clashes with all items that have been modelled, thus significantly reducing any re-work during the construction phase.

“The catalogue has an accuracy of modelling down to 1mm and the precise design produced enables enhanced scheduling and forward planning and the accurate production of MTOs and isometric drawings for construction.”

For more information on designing Vantrunk systems into your project using digital plant modelling software contact our technical team technical@vantrunk.co.uk.



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CAPTION: Pictured left to right are Michael White, Paul Nolan, Elvia Kolenc, Trevor Tomkins and Alan Campbell.

As a specialist in cable management, Vantrunk manufactures and designs engineered solutions and products that provide substantial total installed cost savings. Our solutions-driven approach has been at the core of everything we do since the business was acquired by the Unitrunk Group in 2000.

Synergy & Strategy

As brands within the Unitrunk Group, Vantrunk and Unitrunk have historically worked in quite different marketplaces. Vantrunk has always specialised in harsh industrial sectors, where both conditions and compliance requirements are extreme, whereas Unitrunk’s focus is on mainstream commercial environments such as offices, schools, factories and residential blocks. However, there is a crossover and, while Vantrunk custom-engineers many projects with heavy-duty grades of steel, we supply the whole Unitrunk Group product portfolio, including the RIS (rapid installation systems) ranges. It’s that turnkey capability that’s led us to establish a Group Projects Team to provide a holistic, solutions-based approach to specifying and supplying cable management needs across a range of heavy industrial sectors, including:

• Oil & gas
• Petrochemicals
• Water & wastewater treatment
• Tunnels
• Rail
• Nuclear

Meet the Team

The new strategy builds on our added value approach to providing specification support for Vantrunk customers and advising on the best – often bespoke – solutions to meet the needs of the project. It has led to the creation of a new role within the company of Group Projects Director which is now filled by Mr. Alan Campbell, working closely with our Group MD, David Morrow, and Group Sales Director, Eddie O’Reilly, and leading a team of four Business Development Managers drawn from across both the Unitrunk and Vantrunk businesses.

The team consists of:
• Paul Nolan – responsible for projects across the UK
• Trevor Tomkins – responsible for projects in London, South West England, South Wales & Denmark
• Michael White – responsible for projects in South East England and North America
• Elvia Kolenc – responsible for projects in Italy, Spain, France, Holland & Belgium
• Alan Campbell – responsible for projects in Asia, South America and the Middle East

Why not get in contact to see how we can help you on your next project.



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Making the right specification choices for any project can be vital for completing on time and within budget, while ensuring the required design life and quality criteria are met. But when your project is located in an extreme environment such as Offshore Oil & Gas, Offshore Wind, Onshore Petrochemical or Onshore Nuclear, specifying the right cable management for the job is critical for project cost, safety, and the longevity of the asset.

At Vantrunk we specialise in designing cable management solutions for extreme environments like these and work with clients to help them consider;

• the varied demands of the installation environment
• the weight and space restrictions of the installation
• the parameters of the build programme

By working with the customer as early as possible, ideally during the pre-tender design phase, we can provide the appropriate engineering and design expertise. This ensures the specification is not only fit for purpose, but also answers key criteria including, cost, project delivery times and design factors.
What does your cable management need to do?

A cable management system should be designed to minimise weight and installation costs whilst maximising strength and corrosion resistance. Whilst it is not always viewed as a key engineering component, it’s an element of the specification that can allow substantial savings to be achieved through appropriate design that maximises project cost savings at the same time as maintaining system integrity.
Areas to consider include:
• Temperature range – the cable management material needs to be suitable for the maximum extremes of temperature in the location
• Susceptibility to corrosion – this could be from chemical, marine or environmental factors and should influence the grade of steel specified
• Onshore Vs Offshore – marine environments not only affect corrosion risk but also influence viable maintenance intervals
• Load-bearing – this should include structural and environmental factors, such as wind loading, along with cabling requirements and any future capacity requirements

How can Vantrunk save you time and money?

Vantrunk’s Cable Management System has been designed to provide enhanced strength and corrosion resistance, even in the most extreme environments, while providing potential for substantial cost savings thanks to reductions in weight and the number of supports required. For further information on how Vantrunk can assist on your next project contact the sales team at sales@vantrunk.co.uk.