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Article Date: 13th August 2018

ABB Energises London’s £1 Billion Energy Superhighway

Energy Superhighway - National Grid - Kensal Green - FFWD Newsletter

HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visited the National Grid’s London Power Tunnels (LPT) project

HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visited the National Grid’s London Power Tunnels (LPT) project to celebrate its timely delivery. ABB played a crucial role in the seven-year project by supplying major upgrades to the substation in St John Wood’s and building a new substation in Kensal Green. This is equipped to provide traction power for Crossrail.

The Kensal Green substation was a major achievement for ABB and included a lot of land remediation work. The site was previously a Victorian gasworks contaminated by waste products from the coking process that produced town gas in the 1800s.

ABB also created connections for seven new circuits at St John’s Wood substation. Although the site operates at 400kV, its switchgear is rated at 550kV, the highest in the UK.

In the latest edition of ABB’s FFWD customer newsletter, Jon Downs, General Manager for Utility Substations, said: “It has been a pleasure to support National Grid in its drive to re-wire London for the 21st century and to mark the project’s successful completion. GIS technology has been vital in helping National Grid pack performance onto compact sites. The project highlights ABB’s in-depth knowledge of St John’s Wood substation, as well as our ability to deliver new substations on brownfield sites.”

For more information on how ABB’s contributions to the LPT will help to energise London’s superhighway, click here to read the latest edition of FFWD, ABB’s customer newsletter.

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