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Skanska and Costain in battle for National Grid gas compressor upgrade job

Skanska and Costain are battling it out for a major National Grid contract to upgrade two of the client’s ageing gas compression stations, Construction News can reveal.

The firms are both in the running for the contract, which will replace the processing infrastructure at stations in Huntingdon and Peterborough stations.

Some of National Grid’s gas compressor stations, which enable natural gas to be transported around the UK, are up to 40 years old.

The Huntingdon and Peterborough upgrades are part of a £26bn investment plan by National Grid to upgrade and develop its gas and electricity networks over the next five years.

CN understands the contract has a construction value of around £90m and will be awarded in the coming months.

It is understood that Skanska is working alongside consultants Mott MacDonald and Dutch piping specialist A.Hak.

A Skanska / A.Hak / Porr Bau JV is currently working on the £150m National Grid job to replace a high-pressure gas pipeline under the River Humber between Paull and Goxhill.

Costain has been working on the Huntingdon and Peterborough projects since January 2014, when it carried out a feasibility study on the replacement of the old compressors.

It was then named the design engineer for the scheme, completing the design of the two stations last year.

National Grid confirmed that it was tendering for the Peterborough and Huntingdon compressor stations but would not comment on the bidders.

Costain has been contacted for comment, while Skanska declined to comment.

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