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SP Energy Networks invests £1.2m to increase Electricity Network Capacity in East Lothian

Posted: 25th September 2020

Network provider SP Energy Networks has invested £1.2million to increase the electricity network capacity from Prestonpans Primary Substation to Longniddry.

The investment will futureproof the electricity infrastructure and increase security of supply in the area – giving more than 7,000 customers in the local area a more resilient supply of electricity.

To increase the network capacity, SP Energy Networks will install two 11kV cables from Prestonpans Primary Substation through Cockenzie and Port Seaton to Longniddry where a new substation will be built.

This increased connection will strongly benefit the local communities by reinforcing the network and providing greater resilience, which includes maintaining an electricity supply should any faults occur in the area. Having an increased and more secure supply of energy will allow residents to consider introducing more green energy at home – such as fully electric heating and home electric vehicle charging points. The work began last month with the project to be complete early 2021.

Ian Johnston, District General Manager for Edinburgh and Borders said: “We’re committed to doing all we can to help ensure there is an increased network capacity for communities in East Lothian – futureproofing the network and ensuring that no community is left behind. This investment will provide a more secure energy supply, which brings huge benefits to local residents and infrastructure in the region.

“As demand for electricity increases and we transition to a greener society, it’s essential that our network can support the demand. Greater resilience means we can continue to provide our customers with a reliable supply – whatever the weather or demand on the network.”

SP Energy Networks owns and manages overhead and underground powerlines in Central and Southern Scotland as well as Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and North Shropshire. For more information about SP Energy Networks and its services, visit: spenergynetworks.co.uk 

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