SP Energy Networks has recently started a major £3 million investment project to modernise over 17km of overhead power lines in Cheshire. The power lines carry 132,000 volts of electricity, and support tens of thousands of homes and businesses.
The refurbishment covers the major circuit that runs from Hartford to Crewe that serves both residential and industrial customers in and around the areas of Northwich, Middlewich and Crewe.
The project started in 2015 with SP Energy Networks completing site surveys and preliminary works. The company, along with its delivery partner Iberdrola Engineering & Construction (IEC), have been working in close coordination with Local Authorities, Network Rail and the Highways Agency, with the main overhead works now scheduled to begin.
Mark Sobczak, Head of 132kV Programmes for SP Energy Networks, said: “We have been increasing the level of investment across our network over the last three years and this project in Cheshire demonstrates our commitment to our customers and local communities. This work will ensure that the electricity network supporting Northwich, Middlewich and Crewe will continue to operate at a high standard for decades to come.”
As part of the strategic electrical infrastructure in Cheshire, these overhead line circuits have provided an industry leading level of reliability for over 60 years. To ensure continued high performance, the circuits are being modernised using the latest materials, with the project due for completion in the Autumn of 2016.
The company is committed to keeping local residents and key stakeholders informed of the work, and every attempt is being made to avoid disruption to the local area. SP Energy Networks has developed a work programme that aims to cause no interruption to any power supplies during this work.
Paul Ferguson, 0141 614 4535