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£3M electricity network upgrade for Scotland’s newest city

25/03/2024

 

SP Energy Networks investment supports vision for Climate Fife.

Scotland’s ancient capital and newest city, Dunfermline, is set for a multi-million investment boost in its electricity network that will support the city’s ambitions to be part of a climate-friendly and climate-ready Fife.

SP Energy Networks is investing £3 million to modernise the network, increase its resilience and prepare it for the connection of more low-carbon technologies like electric vehicle chargers and heat pumps.

The essential works will upgrade the Dunfermline to Netherton circuit on the network, replacing underground cables totalling 4.7km in length.

First installed in 1957 – the same year Harold McMillan became Prime Minister and The Queen delivered her first televised Christmas message – the circuit is now reaching the end of its operational life.

The upgrade works will get underway at the end of March and are expected to be completed in September.

SP Energy Networks’ Project Manager, Archie Ferguson, said: “These essential works will ensure Dunfermline has a modern and resilient electricity network, befitting of its status as Scotland’s newest city.

“We fully recognise that the scale of the works – and the route through the city centre – will cause some disruption and inconvenience. We apologise for that and thank people in advance for their patience and cooperation.

“The existing electricity network has served the city, its people and its visitors well for almost 70 years and our £3 million investment will ensure we can continue to do the same for generations to come. It will boost the city’s green growth and transition to a cleaner way of life and support Climate Fife’s target for becoming net zero by 2045.”

Dunfermline North Councillor Gordon Pryde said: “While we know these works will cause some significant disruption at times, this is necessary investment to replace cables that have been powering the city for 60 years – they are as old as me!

“I’m assured by SP Energy Networks’ approach to keep disruption to a minimum and will be following progress closely on behalf of my constituents. I look forward to seeing the works complete and contributing to Dunfermline’s net zero future.”

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