Hochtief-Murphy JV Wins £400 Million London Power Tunnels Contract


Hochtief-Murphy joint venture (HMJV) has been awarded a £400 million contract by the UK’s National Grid for £1 billion London Power Tunnels (LPT2) project. Under the six-year contract, the JV is responsible for tunnelling and shaft work of the second phase of the LPT2 project.

Scheduled to begin in March 2020, the project will include the construction of a 32.5 km tunnel to house 30 m electricity transmission cables in the underground. The new cables will replace three existing electricity circuits that currently run under the surface of roads between Wimbledon in the southwest to Crayford in the southeast.

 The LPT2 project has been developed to reduce disruption for the residents of the city by eliminating the need to dig up the existing cable infrastructure, which is now more than 50 years old and is reaching the end of its life.

  The first phase of the LPT2 project was completed last year. The capital was rewired from Hackney in the east to Willesden in the west, and from Kensal Green to Wimbledon via deep underground tunnels to meet the increasing demand for electricity.