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£3.2 million power upgrade in West Byfleet

A £3.2 million power upgrade is nearing completion in West Byfleet to maintain the reliability of supplies for thousands of homes and businesses in the future.

From Press releases - 8 July 2019 12:00 AM

UK Power Networks, which maintains the electricity network across the South East, London and East of England, is investing in the long-term reliability and capacity of local power supplies.

The project has included the installation of new electrical equipment, including construction of a switch house at an existing substation in Addlestone, and new cabling to connect the new infrastructure to the existing network.

Mukesh Chaudhari, project manager at UK Power Networks, said: “This investment is maintaining network resilience for thousands of customers across a wide area. We have linked together two existing substations in Addlestone and West Byfleet, to further increase network reliability and make it possible to flexibly transfer capacity to where it is needed.

“This project is one of the multi-million pound schemes being carried out this year by UK Power Networks across the South East, London and East of England to ensure we continue to provide reliable power supplies for the local communities we serve.”

A new interconnection between the two electricity substations in Addlestone and West Byfleet is now in place via an existing overhead power line and underground cabling. The new switchboard has been installed in Addlestone and engineers are in the process of transferring supplies from the existing switchboard to the new one. The final stages of the work are due to be completed by August.

UK Power Networks delivers electricity supplies to 18 million people through its network of cables, substations and power lines is investing £600 million this year in its electricity networks.