National Grid is constructing a test line of next generation T-Pylons at its Earking Training Academy.
The T-pylon design beat out over 250 entries from around the world to win the National Grid’s Pylon Design competition. The design incorporates a single pole and T-shaped cross arms that hold all the conductors and wires. The design sheds up to 15 metres off the standard pylon design.
David Wright, director of electricity transmission asset management for National Grid, commented: “The competition was held to find a design which would meet all our safety and reliability criteria and belong to the 21st century. The test line at Eakring will allow us to fully rehearse how we might construct and maintain the T-pylon when in use.”
National Grid has turned to UK manufacturer, Mabey Bridge to construct the supporting structures of the new pylon. Commenting on the award of the contract, Mark Coia, managing director of Mabey Bridge Energy & Marine said: “We are extremely proud to manufacture these exciting new electricity pylon designs for National Grid…We look forward to working with National Grid over the coming years as the prototype of the T-Pylon design is developed further to support Britain’s electricity grid.”
Commenting on the design of the new T-Pylon, secretary of state for energy, Ed Davey said: “We face a significant challenge over the coming years connecting new electricity plants to our homes and businesses. Now communities can be offered a new choice and a radical departure from the traditional lattice. A smaller pylon, one third shorter than its predecessor, with different finishes allowing it to blend into the landscape – T pylon is a striking and elegant design. I’m looking forward to seeing T-pylon put into service; a graceful, refined structure fit for the needs of our low carbon, 21st century.”