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Power behind Ipswich Tidal Barrier

The UK’s biggest electricity distributor was the power behind connecting the newly completed Ipswich Tidal Barrier.

From Press releases - 8 February 2019 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks owns and operates the electricity network delivering power to 8.3million properties across the East, South East and London. Working in partnership with the Environment Agency, Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council, the power company’s skilled engineers worked to resolve a design issue for the flood protection project.

The barrier could only be built if two 132,000-volt underground cables, linking a major Ipswich electricity substation in West End Road, and a Cliff Quay substation, could be moved.

The solution led by UK Power Networks alongside contractors, was to sink a shaft either side of the wet dock and connect them by a short tunnel, to install new cables which continue to ensure reliable local power supplies.

Gagandeep Sahota, project manager for UK Power Networks, said: “The new tidal barrier has improved flood protection for more than 1,600 homes and businesses and we are proud to have played our part in the project’s success.

“It was a significant logistical challenge to move the underground cables. We achieved the desired result by working closely with a number of partners and completed it quickly so the project could proceed.”

Barry Hatton, director of Asset Management for UK Power Networks, attended the official launch in Ipswich today [Friday 8 February] which saw the barrier opened by Dr Therese Coffey MP, Parliamentary undersecretary for the Departments of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.