Pylons getting upgrades

The network operator for London and the South East has dished out contracts worth £26million to upgrade some of its power lines. Over the next two years, Carillion, Costain and […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The network operator for London and the South East has dished out contracts worth £26million to upgrade some of its power lines.

Over the next two years, Carillion, Costain and Electricity Network Solutions will refurbish and rebuild the steel pylons which carry 33,000 volts and 132,000 volts. New fibre optic cables will also be put in to send essential signals to equipment.

The upgrades are a small fraction of UK Power Networks’ £360million worth of investment this year on the 46,837kilometres of overhead electricity cables it is responsible for.