SSEN deploys drones to inspect electricity infrastructure

Its partnership with Cyberhawk sees the use of drones to visualise power infrastructure from the rural Cotswolds to the urban areas of West London, without intrusion or inconvenience to customers

Environmental campaigners say no to pylons in Cumbria

A group of environmentalists have launched a campaign protesting against the construction of pylons in Cumbria. They are saying no to National Grid’s plans to build 50-metre high pylons to run a 400kV powerline through 24km of the Lake District National Park. The ‘Friends of the Lake District’ campaign group claims they sent a letter […]

Bye-bye Brecon Beacons pylons

The “blight” of Britain’s beautiful national parks that is pylons is set to be buried – as the National Grid announced it will run “eyesore” overhead lines underground. It will spend up to £500 million on running cables under the earth in four national parks – the Brecon Beacons, New Forest, Peak District and Snowdonia […]

National Grid erasing pylons from pretty British countryside?

Pylons which intrude on the eye in British beauty spots have long been hated by some environmental groups. At the moment 7% of the National Grid’s network, stretching 571.2 km, is carried by overhead lines through national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). Putting cables underground is more expensive than overhead. The grid […]

National Grid gets new pylon-checking helicopter

National Grid has added another helicopter to its fleet which inspect pylons in England and Wales, the network operator announced today. It says the Bell 429 is the first of its model in the world to be equipped to work for a utility company. It is a replacement for an older model which is going […]

National Grid picks location for new electricity substation

National Grid has picked a site south of Sudbury as the preferred location for a new electricity substation. The decision follows a public consultation earlier this year to site the substation on a field with an existing 400,000 volt overhead line running through it. The substation is needed as part of a wider overhead line […]

Pylons getting upgrades

The network operator for London and the South East has dished out contracts worth £26million to upgrade some of its power lines. Over the next two years, Carillion, Costain and Electricity Network Solutions will refurbish and rebuild the steel pylons which carry 33,000 volts and 132,000 volts. New fibre optic cables will also be put […]

National Grid splashes £5m on painting pylons

The National Grid is splashing out nearly £5 million on painting its pylons around Newcastle and Yorkshire. The deal to paint electricity pylons was awarded to services company Fountains, part of OCS Group UK and is part of National Grid’s ongoing maintenance and refurbishment programme of their overhead line network in the UK. A spokesperson […]

Somerset says no more pylons

Hundreds of people in Somerset have protested against ‘super pylons’ being put up in the countryside. The ‘No Moor Pylons’ protest last Sunday follows National Grid’s plans to install 46.5m tall pylons along a 36-mile stretch, linking the proposed Hinckley C power station to Avonmouth. Protestors hoped the walk would convince the company to put […]