Future Infrastructure

OPS Solutions has developed utility power poles for use in arctic climate for both regional (132KV) and distribution segment (<60KV). The OPS Utility Power Poles have been developed and thoroughly tested according to REN blad (governing standards for power poles/grid in Norway). Composite poles are strong, flexible, predictable and provide long service life. Creosote, being a carcinogen, will most probably be banned by the EU from 2022, meaning conventional wood poles will be phased out over the coming years.

Our Utility Power Poles are developed by OPS engineers and approved according to governing design rules including 3rd party verification on design and production by Notified Body (DNVGL).

OPS Solutions has also built up test facility for performing large scale bending testing of up to 30 m poles. OPS Solutions has used advanced numerical FEM buckling simulations to develop the poles and the OPS production philosophy regarding quality and traceability from offshore related products has successfully been transferred to power pole production.

OPS Solutions has built up a new library in PLSPOLE/PLSCAD for all OPS utility power poles modules and pole combinations. OPS Solutions provides expert support for the consultants and Grid owners designing new composite power lines.

OPS Solutions has a very flexible production and the production method is easy to scale up to meet short term delivery requirements. OPS Solutions has utility power poles production located in Norway with short distance to the customers and the possibility to manufacture special poles for high load line points.

OPS Solutions has also a patent pending foundation method for the composite power poles for environmentally friendly installation without the need of blasting.

OPS utility power poles can be remotely monitored by OPS Solutions using sensors.

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What we deliver

Engineering and design

OPS Solutions builds on 25 years of experience of designing and manufacturing composite structures for tough conditions and demanding customers.

Competence is the backbone of the operations, from engineering and design to manufacturing and installation, with formal and relevant experience across all parts of the operation.

OPS Solutions provide composite material experts from design to installation.

Own R&D resources within composite materials ranging from MSc to PhD level and significant experience on design and Finite Element calculations of composite structures.

Capability to undertake various advanced structural finite element analyses (by means of Ansys and Inventor Pro) and design (by means of Inventor 3D and Auto Cad).

OPS engineering department can provide: 

  • Product development and feasibility studies
  • Prototype design and production
  • Structural analyses
  • Design and detailed engineering
  • Piping and stress analyses
  • Structural tests
  • Compliance check with codes and regulations, Norsok, PED, ATEX, ASME X, ISO 13121, DNV C501 etc.
Utility power poles

OPS utility power poles have a complete product range from low voltage and up to 132kV transmission lines.

  • Own modular design with flexibility for any project, based on established design standards (DNV GL), and adjusted to Nordic climate and rules (NEK 445).
  • The designs builds on extensive experience in composites and production of critical components, e.g., to the offshore oil and gas industry.
  • The designs have been, and are being extensively tested in own test rig, both for stiffness, response, and until breaking.
  • Testing according to standards (Renblad 2500 and 2502) with third party witnessing.
  • Products included in CAD programmes used for planning of power.
  • Proprietary foundations, patent pending rock foundation.

OPS utility power poles are:

Strong – Well known behaviour of composites and controlled production means the design can be made extremely strong.

Flexible – Composite masts will bend significantly under extreme load without breaking, increasing the survival rate under extreme conditions.

Lightweight – Ease and speed of installation, e.g., enabling installation of double/triple poles in one helicopter lift. Lower weights also lowers occupational health risk during installation.

Predictable – Well known and consistent behaviour of the materials – over time, temperatures, humidity, etc. – means the pole will have consistent abilities to take necessary loads and enables the use of a flexible and module based system.

Long life – Designed for 80+ years service life as composites have extreme fatigue resistance. Also, tests show no effect from UV.

Impact resistant – Although thin walled, the added safety factors and tough coating, means the poles can withstand impacts without being permanently damaged. Especially exposed poles can be made with added bracing (OPS Tough poles) to withstand larger impacts.

Repairable on site – Most damages, can easily be repaired on site.

Electrical insulator – Lowering HSE risk and risk of power to ground.

Maintenance free

Flexible production – Production on demand due to short set-up of production and production time.

Low environmental impact caused by locally supplied glass fibre produced by hydro power, design suited for efficient transport, long life, no risk of contamination throughout the lifetime.

Contact person

Reidar Anderssen
General Manager / Vice President
T: +47 48 06 50 22

Kjetil Sevenius
R&D Manager
T: +47 93 45 11 81