SP Energy Networks complete Liverpool electricity upgrade

SP Energy Networks complete Liverpool electricity upgrade

A £6.5 million project to modernise the electricity network in Liverpool has been completed by SP Energy Networks.

Since May, over 50 engineers have been working to install 5.1km of high voltage cables below the streets running between Lister Drive and Wavertree.

By using the existing cable ducting, SP Energy Networks was able to avoid some of the more disruptive elements typically seen with an upgrade at this scale. Engineers were only required to excavate every 500 metres, which led to environmental benefits.

Liverpool City Council was closely involved in helping to plan and manage the work programme, helping to reduce the inconvenience for all local stakeholders.

Mark Sobczak, Head of 132kV Programmes at SP Energy Networks, said: "This investment in Liverpool will support homes and businesses for decades to come. Liverpool has already been at the forefront of electrifying public transport, and if electric cars are embraced in a similar fashion, then it is vital the electricity network can support these changes. Delivering large infrastructure projects like the upgrade from Lister Drive to Wavertree will support future innovations.

"We worked closely with Liverpool City Council's highways and transportation department, and they greatly assisted us to complete the work on schedule with as little disruption as possible."

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