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Electricity upgrade project begins

UK Power Networks is investing £3.7million in a major upgrade to the electricity network benefiting thousands of customers in the Byfleet and Guildford areas.

From Press releases - 8 October 2015 12:00 AM

UK Power Networks is investing £3.7million in a major upgrade to the electricity network benefiting thousands of customers in the Byfleet and Guildford areas.

The company is installing 2.1km of new high voltage cables between New Haw and Byfleet to strengthen power supplies in the area for years to come. It will increase the resilience of the electricity network for homes and businesses.

UK Power Networks is the company which delivers electricity to doorsteps in the South East, London and East Anglia, regardless of who people pay their electricity bills to. It maintains and upgrades electrical equipment, keeping the lights on in a large part of Surrey.

Its latest project involves digging short trenches to lay ducts, then pulling new cables into position from excavations at intervals along the route. The main trenching is due to be finished by February, after which less visible work will continue through to next summer.

The cable route runs across private land and a trenchless technique will be used to install the cables underneath two roads and a railway line. This approach means traffic restrictions will not been necessary and the company has worked closely with the relevant landowners.

The project is replacing existing fluid-filled cables which serve the area well but are due for renewal.

Nirmal Kotecha, director of capital programme and procurement at UK Power Networks, said: “Keeping our electricity networks reliable and safe is our top priority and we are constantly investing in improvements to our networks.

“In the last five years we have increased the reliability of our networks and invested millions of pounds to make sure they are in the best shape possible for the future. The new cables we are installing will make sure we can continue delivering reliable electricity supplies in this area for many years to come.”

UK Power Networks is investing £500million in its three power networks in 2015/16 as part of a projected £4.5billion during the eight years to 2023 to replace equipment, upgrade the network and secure power supplies.