Statement on COVID-19

London Power Tunnels and critical works during the Covid-19 outbreak

As an owner and operator of critical national infrastructure, we at National Grid know that millions of people are relying on us, now more than ever, to keep the lights on and the gas flowing. We have hundreds of engineers working hard to ensure energy can be supplied safely and efficiently to hospitals, schools, businesses and homes across the country.

That’s why, in the current environment, many roles across our business have been designated as ‘key worker’ roles by the government. When you flick on the lights later, turn on the TV, or prepare dinner, it’s the jobs that our people are carrying out today and every day that make that happen.

We have hundreds of people working on sites across the country in a huge variety of roles that just can’t be done at home. Whether it’s construction work, maintenance, repairs or operating our control centres, it’s important that our work continues where it’s safe and appropriate to do so.

London Power Tunnels is a key part of this critical national infrastructure and is needed to keep the lights on today, tomorrow and into the future. At this point in the programme, this means continuing with works at Hurst, New Cross and Kings Avenue.

At a time when everyone is being asked to stay at home wherever possible, we understand it can be unnerving to see others going about their daily work. Our people who need to continue working on site and in the community are doing so under stringent health and safety measures to protect not just themselves but also the communities in which they operate, and these measures will be regularly reviewed.

We continue to liaise closely with government to ensure we’re following the most updated guidance and that the decisions we’re making are in the best interests of our people and communities throughout this period. You can read more about the role of the energy industry during the current crisis from Ofgem and from the Energy Networks Association.

Given the current COVID-19 restrictions on movement, should you have any questions about our work, please refrain from visiting our sites or approaching our contractors. Instead, please call our Community Relations team on 0800 783 2855 or email [email protected] They remain available every day 24/7.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.