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National Grid to Invest £50m Locally to Secure Energy Supplies

National Grid is investing £50 million on refurbishing and replacing sections of overhead line across the Middlesborough, UK, area over the next two years. Engineers will be replacing existing wires and repairing or renewing steelwork, foundations and other equipment on 30 pylons. Another 14 pylons will be dismantled and new ones built to replace them.

Work is already underway with over 60 workers mobilized and is expected to take until the end of 2013 to complete. The bulk of the work will be carried out between March and October this year and next. There will be no interruption to electricity supplies during the work.

National Grid, which is the UK’s largest utility, has been working with local authorities, the Environment Agency and Natural England, amongst others, in planning the works on the lines which cross industrial areas, roads, railways and waterways.

During the project, 14 pylons will be totally dismantled and new ones built to replace them. This will allow National Grid to divert the overhead line which runs between Saltholme substation and Lakenby substation away from its current route through a chemical plant. This phase of the work will see two new 145-m high towers built to carry the line across the River Tees.

Mark Brennan, Project Manager said: “Our purpose is to connect people to the energy they use. This £50-million investment will help ensure we can all continue to rely on having energy at our finger tips. Our society is built on the warmth and light we rely on at home, and the power which keeps our factories and offices going.”

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