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Power supplies upgraded in Maida Vale

Work to upgrade the electricity network in Maida Vale and Paddington started this week.

From Press releases - 11 February 2015 12:00 AM

Work to upgrade the electricity network in Maida Vale and Paddington started this week.

London’s electricity network operator, UK Power Networks, is carrying out a £665,000 project at an electricity substation which delivers power supplies to homes and businesses.

The work will be taking place behind the scenes at a major substation site and will not have any noticeable impact on customers as engineers connect the new equipment.

Replacement kit was delivered to the site in early February, ready to be assembled on site and then connected to the electricity network over the coming weeks. The new equipment is expected to go live by the summer.

James Belcher, UK Power Networks’ project manager, said: “Everyone relies on the electricity network to go about their daily lives so we are constantly investing in renewing and expanding that network to meet future electricity demands.

“This project is installing new equipment to enable the final stages of our network reinforcement from 6,600 volts to 11,000 volts. It will allow us to update our equipment while meeting growing demand for electricity in the area. The new equipment should also benefit local customers by reducing the likelihood of power interruptions.”

The substation in Maida Vale has been there since the 1950s and underwent a major expansion in 2007. The site receives electricity at 132,000 volts and converts it down to 11,000 volts. The voltages are lowered further by connected substations which deliver power to local homes and businesses, keeping the lights on in London.

This project is part of the £500million investment plans UK Power Networks is undertaking this year to improve the performance of its network and meet future power needs.