Work on upgrading London’s power infrastructure will begin later this year

Costain has won a £200m contract from the National Grid to build a high voltage electricity cable tunnel in London.

The 33km-long tunnel is part of the National Grids’s £600m investment to modernise the electricity transmission network in the capital.

The tunnel will run from Hackney in the north east to Willesden and Kensal Green in the north west down to Wimbledon in the south. Work will start later this year, with the tunnelling being completed by end of 2014 and with all associated works completed in November 2018.

Andrew Wyllie, chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed by National Grid for this important project which will help to upgrade the nation’s power infrastructure to meet future needs. This major award demonstrates Costain’s ability to provide cost-effective engineering and technology-led solutions in this vital sector”.