Cutting-edge pylons for Hinkley C
Construction giant and ECA Member Balfour Beatty has begun erecting the UK’s first T-pylons – the first new design in almost 100 years – to connect the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset to the national grid.
Standing at 35 metres (115 feet) tall, the pylons are a third shorter than traditional pylons. Each takes around 5 days to build.
Balfour Beatty is set to put up 116 T-pylons along a 57km route between Bridgwater and Portbury. These will help carry low-carbon electricity produced by Hinkley Point C to the grid.
Matt Steele, Balfour Beatty’s Managing Director for its Rail and Utilities business, said in Construction Enquirer: “Our unique capability and extensive experience in delivering major, complex overhead line schemes, makes us ideally positioned to play a key role in constructing the world’s first T-pylons.
“We look forward to working with National Grid to successfully and safely deliver low-carbon electricity to millions of people, supporting the UK’s net zero ambitions.”