Through its wholly owned subsidiary Lee Valley Utilities (LVU) EDF Energy will design, construct, own and operate the electrical distribution network that will supply electricity to the 2.5sq km Olympic Park and the Stratford City development.
The combined electrical network will consist of more than 100km of electrical cabling and over 100 local substations.
The electrical networks will be connected to a primary electrical substation located next to Kings Yard in the west of the Olympic Park. Clearance work on the site of the primary 132/11kv electrical substation has now been completed allowing construction work to start later this year. Work to construct and install the electrical networks will begin in the summer.
“These utility networks and infrastructure are not just for a summer of sport in 2012 but will power the long-term regeneration of the area for many years to come and show that we are planning Games and legacy together from the very beginning,” said ODA Director of Infrastructure and Utilities, Simon Wright.
The primary electrical substation will be built with sustainability in mind. Crushed materials from the demolition of the former Kings Yard buildings in the Olympic Park will be reused in the construction of the substation and the building has also been designed to include a ‘brown roof’, which should attract local wildlife.
"Through the sustainability features being built in to the heart of this new infrastructure we will help ensure that London 2012 is the greenest Games ever and which deliver a sustainable legacy beyond 2012" said EDF Energy Chief Executive Vincent de Rivaz.
The electrical networks and electrical substation contracts went out to tender through the OJEU process and were procured jointly with the companies involved in the development of Stratford City to ensure cost and management benefits.