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£3 Million Investment to Boost Power Supplies in the east of Chester


SP Energy Networks is investing £3.1 million to improve the reliability of electricity supplies in the east of Chester.

Works will commence on the 18th May and will last for 24 weeks. The investment is designed to reinforce the existing network and increase reliability, as well as providing additional capacity to the area.

Jane Wilkie, District General Manager for SP Energy Networks said:  “This is a major investment in the electricity network, and although the primary focus is on reliability, it will also provide additional capacity for new connections or small generation in the east of Chester. We have worked closely with a number of parties to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum whilst the works are being carried out.”

A new high voltage cable will be installed between two existing substations, one on Belle Vue Lane, Guilden Sutton and another on Willington Lane, Duddon. In order to install this cable excavations are required along the A51 toward Tarvin and then continuing along the A51 toward Duddon.

SP Energy Networks has been working with Cheshire West and Chester Council and the emergency services to agree the route of the new cable. Along some sections temporary traffic management measures will be required to ensure the safety of the public and the teams undertaking the work.

Residents are being contacted with further details prior to work commencing, and access will be maintained for residents at all times.

The work will be carried out and managed on site by a contractor working on behalf of SP Energy Networks. There will also be a local representative on site to co-ordinate day-to-day activities.

Notes to Editors:

  • Residents will be also able to receive information and updates on the project by contacting  SP Energy Networks on 0845 270 0788 or by email at: quoting ref 04/4367/004.