Sectors - Civil

£4.2m Electricity Supply Upgrade

Thousands of residents in Kingston are getting the benefit of a £4.2 million electricity network upgrade. UK Power Networks has recently completed a four-year project which future proofs a substation that helps deliver safe and reliable supplies to over 73,000 local homes and businesses.

Electrical engineers installed four new pieces of equipment, known as transformers, which will help reduce voltage and deliver electricity safely to other local substations and then into homes.

Paul Rogers, project manager at UK Power Networks, said: “We energised the last of four new transformers at the substation, marking the culmination of a significant investment project that will maintain reliable electricity supplies for the residents, businesses and communities we serve in Kingston.

“The upgraded substation is well equipped to meet future growth in demand for electricity and keep electricity supplies flowing to the local community for years to come.”

The essential equipment plays a key role in enabling people to heat and light their homes and businesses, charge smart phones, power TVs and computers.

These new transformers have replaced the old equipment, which was originally installed in the 1960s and was well maintained. Each of the new transformers weighs approximately 90 tonnes, receives electricity at 132,000-volts and lowers it to 33,000-volts.

The project in Kingston forms part of the £600 million UK Power Networks is investing in the network throughout the South East, London and East of England this year. From schools to hospitals, water supplies to railway stations, the electricity network helps keep a large part of the country running smoothly. Over eight million homes and businesses are connected to electricity via the company’s cables and substations.

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