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MWH wins National Grid programme management contract

MWH has been appointed to support the UK’s largest energy infrastructure programme for National Grid by establishing a Programme Management Improvement Team.

National Grid expects to invest over £10bn in its UK electricity and gas transmission networks in the coming years to around 2015, driven by the connection of new sources of electricity generation and the pipelines needed to import more gas as North Sea supplies decline. 

Many transmission assets are also reaching the end of their planned lives and need to be replaced.

To help manage these huge investments in the UK, National Grid has awarded global programme management firm, MWH, a major contract to establish a Programme Management Improvement Team.

The team will bring together people from MWH and National Grid to develop and implement initiatives to enhance National Grid’s programme delivery. The ultimate aim is to grow National Grid’s in-house programme management capabilities. 

The programme management initiatives will include:

  • The selection and implementation of a consistent programme planning and management approach to fully integrate National Grid’s portfolio of projects.
  • Establishing a strategic programme management capability to fully optimise delivery across the entire National Grid portfolio of UK transmission construction work.

MWH director Simon Bimpson said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity of working with National Grid on one of the largest infrastructure investment programmes in the UK. 

“We will be using our expertise in programme management to support and enhance National Grid’s programme management capabilities as well as helping it to increase its delivery capability in electricity transmission and enhance delivery capability in gas transmission, improve efficiency and create increased value for National Grid and its customers.”

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