HOCHTIEF-MURPHY JV wins £400m London Power Tunnels contract

WCN Editorial Team 17 Dec 2019 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

HOCHTIEF-MURPHY joint venture (HMJV) has been awarded a £400m contract by the UK’s National Grid for £1bn London Power Tunnels (LPT2) project.

Under the six-year contract, the JV is responsible for tunnelling and shaft work of the second phase of the LPT2 project.

Scheduled to begin in March 2020, the project will include the construction of a 32.5km tunnel to house 30m electricity transmission cables in the underground.

The new cables will replace three existing electricity circuits that currently run under the surface of roads between Wimbledon in the southwest to Crayford in the southeast.

The LPT2 project has been developed to reduce disruption for the residents of the city by eliminating the need to dig up the existing cable infrastructure, which is now more than 50-years-old and reaching the end of its life.

National Grid UK executive director Nicola Shaw said: “This contract award is a major milestone in the next phase of the London Power Tunnels project and will help ensure the capital has secure, reliable access to electricity to meet the energy demands of the future.”

The first phase of the LPT2 project was completed last year. The capital was rewired from Hackney in the east to Willesden in the west, and from Kensal Green to Wimbledon via deep underground tunnels to meet the increasing demand for electricity.

The HOCHTIEF and J. Murphy & Sons have already delivered projects such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link C320 and the Crossrail C310 Thames Tunnel project.

Furthermore, the JV has already secured a contract in December last year to construct a 14km power supply tunnel below the city of Stockholm.

Murphy CEO John Murphy said: “I’m looking forward to building on our relationship with National Grid and playing our part in securing the region’s power supply and supporting the economy for years to come.”


Image: HOCHTIEF-MURPHY JV wins £400m London Power Tunnels contract. Photo: courtesy of Free-Photos from Pixabay.

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