National Grid has awarded Morgan Sindall a contract worth around £80M to replace 22 pylons in Dorset with an 8km underground cable system.
The work will form part of National Grid’s visual impact provision (VIP) programme, which will run until 2021. It is drawing on £500M set aside by energy regulator Ofgem to reduce the visual impact of pylons in England and Wales.
Work involves the construction, testing and commissioning of an 8km 400kV double circuit underground cable in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
This is the first project on the programme. Others are being developed for the New Forest National Park near Hale; the Peak District National Park near Dunford Bridge; and Snowdonia National Park near Porthmadog.
The contract has been awarded under National Grid’s four-year engineer, procure and construct (EPC) framework, on which Morgan Sindall has won £100M worth of work since 2016.
National Grid senior manager for VIP projects Michelle Clark said: “This contract marks a major step forward in a unique opportunity to restore views from the Hardy Monument across Dorset AONB.
“The project has been driven by local and national organisations dedicated to conserving the landscape and countryside throughout England and Wales.”
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