Breakthrough on London Power Tunnels project

12 September 2012

Tunnelling operations reached a major landmark on London Power Tunnels project, it was announced late last week. TBM Evelyn has dug almost 3km of tunnel below London and has now reached the pre-prepared tunnel shaft at the site off National Grid's Canal Way in Kensal Green.

"The breakthrough at Kensal Green takes us one step closer to completing this essential project," said David Luetchford, National Grid's head of cable tunnels. "It's National Grid's job to connect people to the energy they use and this week¹s breakthrough is just one part of a much bigger story."

The next phase of digging operations will see Evelyn construct a tunnel to its next destination, National Grid's St John's Wood Substation. Evelyn is digging 19km of the 32km London Power Tunnels project, which aims to provide an easy to maintain underground electricity superhighway and help ensure Londoners are kept connected to electricity supplies. London Power Tunnels project is due for completion in 2018.