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Stirling's Major Network Upgrade

At ScottishPower, we believe we can make a world of difference. And sometimes it’s the little things that make it happen. That’s why when we’re working on a major new substation in Stirling we’re being extremely careful to reduce disruption to the public at every stage.

Vision

Stirling’s major network upgrade scheme is part of a wider £3.8m upgrade in the City. It will boost the capacity of the electricity network with the aim of aiding future developments, as well as improving the overall reliability of electricity supplies. We are delighted to be part of Stirling Council’s future development plans, which ensure the city has a modern and robust infrastructure that supports growth and improves the security of its electricity supplies for years to come.

Size and scale

This is a significant investment for us and when work is completed, we will have increased capacity in the Stirling area by around 30%.

The work has covered several locations and involved more than 100 engineers, all of whom are doing all they can to minimise any inconvenience caused by the work.

Recently, the construction of a new primary substation in the Kerse Road Industrial Estate area of the City was completed. Further work is now being undertaken in the city centre area, with the intention of modernising the network that supports the commercial district, including the Thistle Centre and surrounding businesses.

ScottishPower engineers are also working in Port Street. And as a company who always looks to the long term, we have taken the decision to completely renew the underground cables that connect the businesses in the area following inspections.

Further work will include upgrades to the network in Raploch and Kildean, which is currently in the planning stages. Stirling Council’s Development Plan also includes an extension to Castle Business Park and ScottishPower engineers have designed a new network layout for the area which will ensure that the electricity supplies will be in place to support any future commercial developments.

Benefits

Thanks to the feedback we’ve received, we will now link the new network to the existing local electricity network. This means power generated by the proposed wind farms will now be distributed to local homes and businesses. Furthermore, linking the existing network to the new one will also increase the security of electricity supplies in the area. We’re grateful to everyone who contributed to helping us use our power to change things for the better.

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