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Laxfield power project keeps birds safe

A major project in Laxfield to boost power supplies for homes and businesses in the Suffolk village will also make birds safer in the area.

From Press releases - 19 June 2020 12:00 AM


The £1.4 million scheme is being led by UK Power Networks, which distributes electricity across London, the South East and East of England.

It will see a range of new electrical equipment installed, including a new transformer, to ensure reliable power for the 1,800 properties served by the site. 

A central part of the project will be new indoor control panels, removing any risk of damage which could affect power supplies.

John McAndrew, project manager for UK Power Networks, said: “We closely monitor our equipment and as it gets older we look to replace it to safeguard power supplies.

“Laxfield is a rural location and we wanted to reduce the risk of birds coming into contact with equipment, as has happened occasionally in the past, so we have introduced an indoor switchboard to control the supply. 

“This project is one of many multi-million pound schemes we are carrying out this year with support from our Capital Programme Delivery alliance partners to make sure we continue to provide resilient power supplies for the local communities we serve.”

The company delivers electricity to 18 million people through cables, substations and power lines and invests around £600 million each year in the network.

Throughout the work UK Power Networks will follow Public Health England advice to keep its employees, contractors and customers safe and its work will be carried out in line with the latest Covid-19 health and safety guidance. The network company is also asking customers not to approach its teams if they see them working unless it’s an electricity emergency – and, if they do, to maintain social distancing at all times.