The UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded an infrastructure contract to Trant Engineering for upgrades at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Mount Pleasant complex on the Falkland Islands.
The move forms part of UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon’s plans to invest £180m in the modernisation of military infrastructure on the Islands over the next decade.
Fallon said: "The upgrading of these facilities is an important part of our major investment plan to deliver better infrastructure for our armed forces.
"Alongside our recent contract to improve Mare harbour, we are boosting our defensive capability and supporting the Islands."
Valued at £55.7m, the contract requires Trant Engineering to upgrade the power station, boiler house and district heating system at the Mount Pleasant complex.
The upgrade will ensure that the facilities continue to provide a safe and reliable means of supplying electrical power and hot water for many years to come.
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Nearly 1,200 military and civilian personnel are based in the Falklands supporting defensive air, naval and land assets, including RAF Typhoon aircraft, helicopters, Royal Navy patrol vessels and an army infantry company.
Trant Engineering international managing director Simon Trant said: "The contract award follows a rigorous and exacting selection process.
"We look forward to delivering efficient, integrated and innovative improvements and working with partners in our trademark collaborative manner.
"We have been working on various infrastructure projects on the Falkland Islands and are operationally familiar with the environment."