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First milestone reached on £4.4 million Kingston upon Thames power upgrade

New electrical infrastructure has been switched on in Kingston upon Thames in the first stage of a £4.4 million investment in power supplies across the town.

From Press releases - 13 February 2019 12:00 AM

The new 101-tonne transformer – a device inside a substation that changes power voltage so it can be safely delivered to homes and businesses locally – is the first of four existing transformers being replaced with new models during a three-year investment by UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity across London, the South East and East of England.

Paul Rogers, senior project manager at UK Power Networks, said: “This is a significant investment at our electricity substation to maintain safe and reliable electricity supplies for homes and businesses.

“This project is part of a major multi-million pound programme of improvements being carried out across the South East, London and East of England to ensure we continue to provide a good service to local communities where we deliver electricity supplies.”

Two further 101-tonne transformers are due to be installed this summer and the final one is due to be connected in 2020. The original equipment will be dismantled and some parts recycled.

Electricity enters the substation at 132,000-volts and is stepped down by the transformers to 33,000-volts to be delivered to local substations which serve individual homes.

UK Power Networks is investing £600 million this year to upgrade and maintain its electricity networks across the South East, East and London, as part of a £6.6 billion investment during the eight years to 2023.