Murphy and M Group Services land £400m grid upgrade job


Development consent has been granted for a new £400 million green electricity project to upgrade the high-voltage power network in North Yorkshire. 

Construction of National Grid’s Yorkshire GREEN Energy Enablement project, near York, is expected to start in the summer after the approval of a development consent order (DCO) by the secretary of state for energy security and net zero. 

The Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) is the first of seven onshore projects proposed by National Grid across England and Wales as part of the Accelerated Strategic Transmission Investment (ASTI) framework established by Ofgem. 

M Group Services’ Morrison Energy Services has been appointed to deliver the new overhead line and existing overhead line refurbishment. 

While Murphy will deliver two new substations in Overton and Monk Fryston. 

Hyosung and Hyundai will supply transformers to the substations. 

Construction is expected to complete by 2028.  

Matt Staley, onshore delivery director for National Grid, said: “I am delighted after months of consideration the Government has granted development consent to build Yorkshire GREEN.  

“This marks a major milestone for The Great Grid Upgrade, and as the first project to have been given consent to begin construction, it will help the UK to meet its net zero and energy security ambitions, reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and contribute to lower energy bills over the long term. 

“I would like to thank the local community and our stakeholders in Yorkshire for their feedback in shaping our plans and we will continue to work closely with them as the project moves forward.” 

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