National Grid to begin the latest phase of its work to replace gas mains in Nine Elms Lane, Wandsworth

  • Victorian gas mains being replaced with ultra-tough new pipes
  • Work is part of a £40million scheme to replace gas mains in London
  • Minimal dig technology being used to minimise disruption

LONDON, 11-8-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — National Grid is poised to begin the latest phase of its work to replace gas mains in Nine Elms Lane, Wandsworth.

After a brief hiatus in the project to avoid disruption to the Prudential Cycle Ride, National Grid will resume its vital work on Monday 11 August.

Temporary bus lane closures will be implemented as National Grid replaces a stretch of medium pressure gas mains along Nine Elms Lane in the vicinity of Elm Quay and Riverside Court.

Neil Jackson, National Grid Project Engineer, said: “The Victorian gas mains we’re replacing have served the area well for many years.

“However we’re replacing them now to help make sure the local community keep on enjoying the safe and reliable gas supplies which contribute to London’s continued status as a leading 21st century city.”

This latest phase of work is expected to take around five works to complete, with further gas mains replacement due to take place along Nine Elms Lane and Battersea Park Lane until the end of November 2014.

National Grid is currently investing £40million to replace ageing metallic gas mains with new pipes made of polyethylene, an ultra-tough material. This work is taking place across London with work scheduled to take place in Wandsworth until August 2015.

The latest and most efficient technology is being used to deliver the work to minimise disruption and noise levels. New pipes are being inserted into the old ones wherever possible. This dramatically reduces the need for digging and minimises any disruption to road users and residents.

The work should not result in any interruptions to the local gas supply and the National Grid team shouldn’t require access to any properties in the area.

The local community and surrounding businesses will be kept informed about the progress of the project.

For more advice or for more information on the project call 0800 096 5678.


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Notes to Editors:
National Grid is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world.  We own and manage the grids that connect people to the energy they need, from whatever the source.  In Britain and the north-eastern states of the US we run systems that deliver gas and electricity to millions of people, businesses and communities.

In Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.  In the North Eastern US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles.

National Grid in the UK:

▪           We own the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales, operating it across Great Britain

▪           We own and operate the high pressure gas transmission system in Britain

▪           Our gas distribution business delivers gas to around 11 million homes and businesses

▪           We also own a number of related businesses including LNG importation, land remediation and metering

▪           National Grid manages the National Gas Emergency Service free phone line on behalf of the industry – 0800 111 999 (all calls are recorded and may be monitored).

▪           Our portfolio of other businesses is mainly concerned with infrastructure provision and related services where we can exploit our core skills and assets to create value. These businesses operate in areas such as Metering, Grain LNG Import, Interconnectors and Property. National Grid Carbon Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Grid and it undertakes Carbon Capture Storage related activities on behalf of National Grid.

National Grid in the US:

▪           In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles.

▪           National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in north-eastern U.S., serving approximately 3.6 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.


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