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£400,000 flood defence work completed

Work has been completed to help protect a large electricity substation at Peldon from potential flooding, and so maintain reliable electricity supplies to residents.

From Press releases - 12 October 2015 12:00 AM

Work has been completed to help protect a large electricity substation at Peldon from potential flooding, and so maintain reliable electricity supplies to residents.

UK Power Networks, which delivers power supplies to the East of England, London and the South East, has built defences including a two-metre concrete wall around the perimeter of the substation, steel fencing, an hydraulic flood gate and additional pumps at a cost of £400,000.

A large part of Peldon is within a major flood risk area due to the potential of high water from the tidal section of the river Colne. The flood defence work will now provide protection to the equipment in the substation and also the power supplies to 5,000 residents and businesses.

Paul Wisdom, a project manager based at UK Power Networks’ office in Colchester, said: “The substation is on the flood plain of the River Colne and these defences will protect it from potential flooding for years to come.”

UK Power Networks distributes electricity to more than a quarter of the UK’s population through its cables and substations, including homes and businesses across Essex.

Since UK Power Networks was formed at the end of 2010, it has invested more than £500 million a year to maintain and upgrade its networks.