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Gateshead’s Advantex warmed by new energy deal

A technology firm has tapped into a new market after securing a five-figure energy contract.

Advantex will provide superfast connectivity to a new community heating system, owned and operated by Gateshead Energy Company.

The work will see the Follingsby Park-based firm provide new fibre optic cable, control cabinets and network infrastructure services to PPSL District Heating.

The contract covers the installation of the next phase of a system along a four kilometre stretch of the Felling bypass, designed to provide cleaner heating to local businesses and hundreds of new homes in Gateshead over the next few years.

Advantex’s contract is part of an investment programme to provide a secure connection between the water pump, local energy centre and each building connected to a new network that controls and monitors the whole system.

Peter Fitzsimmons, project manager at Advantex, said: “This is another important project for us, showcasing our expertise in connectivity and fibre optic cabling for challenging infrastructure projects.

“We continue to see demand from customers who are migrating to the latest digital technologies to secure fast, secure and cost-effective connectivity services.”

PPSL designs, supplies and installs pre-insulated pipes for district heating, cooling and steam networks.

Ben Leach, PPSL operations director, added: “Advantex impressed with their positive response, excellent service and understanding of delivering connectivity for challenging infrastructure projects.”