SP Energy Networks has fully energised a major project to upgrade the main electricity substation in Newtown, which plays a key role in supplying power to over 40,000 homes and businesses in the Mid Wales area.
The £2m scheme has seen a major overhaul of equipment within the town’s grid substation, with new modern infrastructure installed to boost the security of electricity supplies. The project is the most significant upgrade of Newtown’s electricity network since 1960.
Mark Sobczak, Head of 132kV Programmes at SP Energy Networks, said: “This project is strategically important, as it is designed to strengthen the electrical infrastructure for the electricity supplies in and around Newtown, as well as supplies across the surrounding areas of Welshpool and Llanidloes. The substation in Newtown is a key part of the wider regional high voltage network, where we have been investing tens of millions of pounds in the last few years. We have also recently completed major projects in Welshpool and Oswestry, as part of programme to deliver the most significant upgrades to the network in more than half a century.
“Our investments will ensure that the local electricity network continues to operate at a very high level of performance for decades to come. We have worked closely with Newtown Town Council and the local community during the project, and would like to thank residents for their patience during the work. Our main contractor Iberdrola Engineering and Construction will remain on site for the next few months, working to remove some of the older equipment.”