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National Grid unveils grid partnership

National Grid has announced the establishment of the Great Grid Partnership, introducing seven industry partners to collaborate on significant infrastructure projects.

This initiative aims to address supply chain and skills shortages in the UK’s electricity network sector.

The partnership’s focus will initially be on nine Accelerated Strategic Transmission Investment (ASTI) projects across England and Wales, forming part of The Great Grid Upgrade.

This upgrade is crucial for reducing the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels by connecting 50GW of offshore wind power by 2030.

The partnership includes two design and consenting service partners, namely AECOM Arup (JV) and WSP, along with five construction partners: Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, Morrison Energy Services, Murphy and Omexom / Taylor Woodrow (OTW).

Carl Trowell, President, Strategic Infrastructure, National Grid said: “Today’s announcement is another significant and exciting milestone in the delivery of The Great Grid Upgrade – the largest overhaul of the electricity grid in decades.

“The scale and pace of this upgrade requires us to unite as an industry and to think and act differently.

“This Great Grid Partnership is a ground-breaking initiative from National Grid that places our supply chain partners at the heart of our infrastructure upgrade programme.

“All our chosen partners have an established history of successful collaboration in delivering major projects and enabling innovation to thrive.”

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