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Sundridge benefits from a £2.5m power upgrade

More than 9,000 homes and businesses in Sundridge and the surrounding areas have benefited from an electricity network upgrade to boost local power supplies.

From Press releases - 10 November 2020 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks has just completed a £2.5 million upgrade at a local electricity substation, which helps deliver electricity supplies to residents to heat and light homes and businesses, charge smart phones, power TVs and PCs.

At the heart of the project is a modern 26-tonne transformer that replaced equipment from 1954 that has been well maintained over the years. Transformers lower the voltage, enabling electricity to safely flow down UK Power Networks’ cables to people’s homes, to use when it is needed.

The new transformer, which receives electricity at 33,000-volts, was energised during the summer, along with a new purpose-built switch house. This switch house will supply electricity to a further two electricity substations.

Farukh Amin, project manager at UK Power Networks, said: “We are responsible for maintaining, safe and reliable electricity supplies and our work at Sundridge is another example of our investment in maintaining resilient supplies for local residents.

“Everyone needs a safe and reliable electricity supply to go about their daily lives.”

The project took nearly two years to complete.

UK Power Networks is investing £600 million in the electricity network across the South East, London and East of England this year. From schools to hospitals, water supplies to railway stations, the electricity network helps to keep a large part of the country running smoothly.

More than eight million homes and businesses are connected to electricity via the company’s cables and substations (over 53,000 kilometres of underground and overhead power lines in the South East alone).