Balfour Beatty bags £214m Hinkley Point C contract

It will link the new nuclear power station to the national grid

Murphy snaps up Carillion’s UK power business

Collapsed construction and facilities management giant Carillion’s UK power business has been sold for an undisclosed sum. J Murphy & Sons is taking over Carillion’s position on National Grid’s electricity overhead lines, substations and underground cable framework contracts. It will work with the grid operator to deliver planned replacement and refurbishment schemes on their 33kV […]

T time for power lines

A new addition to the British landscape was unveiled yesterday, which could become as common place as hedgerows and cows. Yep, National Grid’s first new T-plyon was erected in Nottinghamshire. The first of the new style pylons which at 35 metres is a third shorter than conventional pylons, was put up at the National Grid […]

Work starts on new generation of pylons

Work on a test line of the new T pylon has started at National Grid’s training academy in Nottinghamshire. Six of the new generation of high voltage pylons will be built at the Eakring Academy and are expected to be completed by next summer. The new design, picked out of 250 entries for a competition, […]

National Grid picks Brit firm to make new T-Pylons

National Grid has picked UK manufacturer Mabey Bridge to make the base for its new pylons. The firm will make six prototypes for National Grid’s Eakring Training Academy. Mabey Bridge described it as a “vote of confidence” for British manufacturing. The T-pylon design was picked after an international competition run by the Department of Energy […]

National Grid to spend £1 billion connecting Hinkley Point C

National Grid is to spend around £1 billion connecting the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to the grid. The firm calculates it will take five to six years to link up the proposed 3GW plant, which is due to start generating in 2023 and has an estimated price tag of £16 billion. For […]

Plans for new UK pylon march on

Plans for a new “graceful” style of pylon in Britain are marching on says the National Grid after two prototypes of the T-pylon have been built in Denmark. The T-pylon (artist’s impression, pictured) was picked out of 250 designs in a competition run by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Royal Institute of British […]