Record investment in London’s electricity network
UK Power Networks is making a record investment in London's electricity network.
26th March 2019 by Networks
New substations and cables have been added across the capital to allow for its residential and commercial expansion.
As part of its £600 million annual investment in electricity cables and substations, the company has completed major works which are enabling redevelopment of the Greenwich Peninsula, Nine Elms, Kidbrooke and White City, plus flagship projects such as Crossrail, the Thames Tideway tunnel and HS2. The company’s £1.6 billion investment in London from 2015 to 2023 so far includes a number of new electricity substations.
With more than 10 million people due to be living in London by 2030, UK Power Networks is making sure the electricity network is fit and flexible for the future. The power company serves 2.3 million London homes, businesses, schools and hospitals.
Director of connections Mark Adolphus said: “We work with developers, land owners and local authorities to ensure they have the power they need to progress their plans, which ultimately delivers economic growth for all.
“In the first six months of 2018 we commissioned five main substations to boost the capacity of the London network – that’s the most investment we’ve seen since the 1960s. That includes three main electricity substations within three kilometres of each other; Black Wall Way and Greenwich are catering for infrastructure developments. The third is Crossrail Limmo which is fully funded by our customer. This new infrastructure is the result of a lot of hard work from employees across our business and it represents a huge growth in our network capacity.”
The total power capacity being installed in London is around 540MW – which is equivalent to powering 270,000 new homes.
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