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£32,000 power upgrade in Fordwich

Villagers in Fordwich, near Canterbury, will benefit from a £32,000 power boost.

From News & press - 28 April 2021 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks has just completed a project to upgrade electrical equipment at a local substation to boost the reliability of power supplies and meet growing demand for electricity.

Engineers started the project last week and completed work at the weekend to install a new electrical transformer and other electrical equipment, to deliver essential power to homes.  

A new three-tonne transformer is at the heart of the project, replacing equipment from the 1950s, which has been well maintained over the years. Transformers lower the voltage, enabling electricity to safely flow down UK Power Networks’ cables to people’s homes.

Barry Sycamore, UK Power Networks’ field engineer, said: “This investment will provide long-term benefits for residents in the village. The new equipment will help to maintain reliable electricity supplies and meet growing demand for electricity in the future.

“We connected the electrical equipment during the weekend when traffic impact would be minimised, as we needed a temporary road closure to complete the work. I would like to thank residents for their understanding while we carried out this essential work. I particularly want to thank Councillor Philip Lewis, for his support, which enabled us to complete the work as swiftly as possible.”

Councillor Lewis said: “The arrival of the new transformer, the removal of the old and the positioning of the new equipment was done with military precision. I would like to thank all concerned for the friendly and efficient way in which the work was undertaken.”

UK Power Networks is investing £600 million in the electricity network across the South East, London and East of England this year. More than eight million homes and businesses are connected to electricity via the company’s cables and substations and there are over 53,000 kilometres of underground and overhead power lines in the South East alone.