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Kingsway incident summary - April

Posted on 21 April 2015 10:06 AM by rudli1m

• After a fire broke out in an underground utilities tunnel in Kingsway, London, on the afternoon of April 1, our engineers were on site within minutes. We restored power to the majority of the 3,100 customers affected the same day and kept people updated with on-site advisors, texts, website information and phone calls.

• Damage to our electricity network was extensive. We had over 400 hundred engineers on site, working round the clock to lay a new electricity network to maintain the integrity of supplies to the wider area.

• This became the biggest emergency cable replacement project that UK Power Networks has experienced to date, and involved the laying of 13.3km of new cabling, roughly the length of 130 football pitches. Large-scale excavations were needed throughout the area, and we sent extra staff to site to help direct pedestrians around the safety cordons, roadworks and closed roads.

• The fire’s location beneath busy London streets brought extra challenges. A large number of different utilities had equipment in near vicinity, and until the gas was isolated by the gas authorities our staff were unable to enter the affected tunnel to investigate and make essential repairs. We liaised extensively with other agencies involved.

• We spend over £200 million every year investing in our London network and have set up a Central London hub to help the constant programme of inspections, upgrades and improvements to the underground network of cables which help ensure that London’s lights stay on. London currently enjoys a power reliability rate of 99.99%.

View images from Kingsway in the gallery on the right.


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