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£1m upgrade for Brighton and Hove’s electricity network

The electricity distribution network in Brighton and Hove has undergone a £1 million upgrade.

From Press releases - 1 September 2014 12:00 AM

The electricity distribution network in Brighton and Hove has undergone a £1 million upgrade.

UK Power Networks, which owns, runs and maintains the network in the South-East, as well as the East of England and London, has just completed installation of a new 132,000-volt underground cable.

The work, to replace an underground cable that was reaching the end of its useful life, started in the autumn of 2012 and has taken a route from Fishersgate, through Portslade and Hove into Brighton, finishing in Moulsecoomb.

The new cable was laid along the 7.2km route of the old one, using the spare steel duct that was laid at the time of the installation of the existing cable in the 1960s. The tube was found to be in very good condition.

Nirmal Kotecha, director of capital programme and procurement, at UK Power Networks, said: “This essential project represents a major investment in maintaining and improving the energy infrastructure in the Brighton and Hove areas for the foreseeable future.

“UK Power Networks is determined to provide a reliable supply of electricity and this project is part of our commitment. We hope people have understood the need for this work to be undertaken and we always aimed to ensure it was carried out with the utmost consideration for the Brighton and Hove community.”

Local residents, traders and community groups were contacted about the project as it progressed. There were no interruptions to electricity supplies.

UK Power Networks is constantly working to improve the performance of its network and to meet future needs for power. Since it was formed in 2010, UK Power Networks has invested more than £500 million a year in its networks.