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£2million power boost in Lewes

A £2million electricity investment is underway in Lewes, boosting power supplies to thousands of homes and businesses.

From Press releases - 11 December 2017 12:00 AM

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A large 120-tonne ‘transformer’ has been installed at the main local substation to meet increasing demand for electricity in the area.

The work is being carried out by UK Power Networks, which keeps the lights on across the South East, London and the East of England.

Nirmal Kotecha, the company’s director of capital programme and procurement, said: “A safe and reliable electricity supply is essential to the communities we serve, so we are constantly investing in improvements to reduce the likelihood of power cuts and meet future power demands.

“The amount of electricity running through this substation has increased over the years so we are investing now to make sure we continue to provide the reliable electricity service customers need.”

The substation at Lewes provides electricity to over 36,000 customers and transformers play a key role at the site. They convert the electricity voltage from 132,000 to 33,000-volts, ready for distribution to other local electricity substations, then homes and businesses.

Work at the site started in September and the new transformer has just gone live. In the final stage of the project the old transformer will be disconnected and recycled.

The project is part of the company’s investment of more than £500 million in its electricity networks this year across South East, London and East of England.