BALFOUR Beatty has secured a £214 million contract to deliver power lines from Hinkley C.

The project will see Balfour Beatty install a North and South 400kV overhead line on behalf of the National Grid.

As part of the contract, Balfour Beatty will design, supply, install, test and commission a new overhead line spanning 48.4km and crossing through the Mendip Hills in Somerset, where Balfour Beatty is currently delivering cable works under a separate contract for National Grid.

On completion, the new line will connect HPC with a new substation in Avonmouth, Bristol.

Work is due to start this month, with completion expected in summer 2025.

At construction peak, the project will employ a workforce of over 150, providing local employment as well as apprenticeship and graduate opportunities.

The company will utilise National Grid’s new T-Pylon design, which they say will significantly improve efficiency, reliability and safety, and reduce the need for the workforce to work at height

marking the first time this technology has been used on a live transmission asset and significantly improving efficiency, reliability and safety by vastly reducing the need for the workforce to work at height.

Mark Bullock, Balfour Beatty’s chief executive officer for its Rail and Utilities business, said: “We look forward to working with National Grid to successfully and safely deliver low-carbon electricity for around six million homes across the UK.”