Work has been completed to install two new 132kV cable circuits between Barking and Brunswick Wharf. The new routes replace existing ones which have been working for decades and will be decommissioned. This will help to ensure the reliability of local power supplies in future.
The project by the electricity distribution firm UK Power Networks, started in 2018 and was energised this summer, providing enough power for for the equivalent of 18,000 homes. As part of the scheme, the firm consulted local councils and other interested parties to ensure that people experienced as little disruption as possible while installation work took place.
Joshua Alderdice, project manager at UK Power Networks, said: “This area is home to both regeneration and new investment so ensuring the lights are kept on for all, is vital. That’s why we are making a significant investment into this project.
“UK Power Networks is working in partnership with our alliance of contractors to support the substantial increase that will be required in capacity for this busy area.”
UK Power Networks is constantly working to improve the performance of its network and to meet future needs for power. This network improvement project is part of the company’s £600 million investment in its electricity networks this year, to help local communities achieve their decarbonisation ambitions in the drive to Net Zero.
The UK’s largest electricity distributor delivers electricity to 8.3 million homes and businesses and employs 6,000 staff and contractors to maintain the London electricity network for 2.4 million customers. In London alone, UK Power Networks’ cables stretch across more than 37,000 kilometres.
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