£3.8m network boost for Western Isles

£3.8m network boost for Western Isles

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has completed a £3.8 million programme of works to reinforce and improve the electricity network in the Western Isles.

The project included establishing a second 33 kilovolt (kV) electricity circuit stretching almost 30 kilometres from Drimore to Pollachar to provide greater resilience, reducing the load on the existing line and providing another route to quickly re-connect customers' power supplies in the event of a fault on the existing circuit.

SSEN's teams also installed an additional transformer at Pollachar substation and upgraded the high voltage network on South Uist, Barra and Eriskay to strengthen the security of supply to its customers.

Colin Pirie, head of the Highlands and Islands region at SSEN, said: "The completion of this investment marks an important milestone in the delivery of one of our business plan commitments, targeting our investment where it will have the greatest benefit and improving the security of supply to our customers.

Angus MacNeil, MP for the Western Isles, added: "This project is a very welcome investment by SSEN and will make a real difference to island residents.

"Improving the resilience of the electricity network will hopefully mean less power cuts and shorter power supply interruptions when faults do occur."

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