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Construction company enlisted by Shell for electrical vehicle charging project

The construction division of The Premier Group has been appointed by Shell to be responsible for the enabling works for the installation of its electrical vehicle (EV) charging service in the UK.

Last month (October 2017), Shell announced the launch of its first EV charging points at three UK forecourts based in London, Surrey and Derby. The Shell Recharge service enables most electric vehicles to be charged in approximately 30 minutes. The service will be offered to a further seven locations within Greater London and Reading by the end of this year (2017).

Swansea-based The Premier Group - a national specialist in construction and maintenance work - has been appointed as civils contractor for eight of the 10 trial sites. The company will co-ordinate all of the enabling works from pre-start meetings to final sign off for the installation of new e-charger units at these sites. The scope of works for the sites includes trenching and ducting to enable the units to be powered, tarmac services, as well as decorative and white lining works.

The Premier Group is a leading UK independent fuel engineering company that operates as three main divisions: construction, installation and servicing. In addition to Shell, the construction division of the group works with many other major national brands including Esso, Rontec, BP, MRH, Asda and Tesco.

Steve Evans, managing director of the construction division of The Premier Group, said:

"This is an extremely exciting project to be a part of as we see electrical vehicle charging really take off thanks to the Shell Recharge service. The UK has ambitions to develop one of the best electric vehicle charging networks in the world and our work with Shell is helping to contribute to this.

"Our experience of working on open forecourts and expertise in the infrastructure of fuel services means we are able to provide Shell with the knowledge and professionalism to assist in the roll out this innovative service successfully."

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