SP Energy Networks has announced an investment of £8 million to replace the 132,000 volt underground cables that run between Rainhill and St Helens.
The company has been working in co-ordination with St Helens Council and several other key stakeholders in the area in order to minimise the disruption whilst the 6km of cable is being replaced, which forms part of SP Manweb’s strategic infrastructure. The work is due to start by the end of August.
The existing cables have provided St Helens with an industry leading level of reliability for over 50 years. In order to ensure continued high standards of reliability, the new cables will incorporate the latest technology, and will be installed and commissioned by the Spring of 2015.
SP Energy Networks is maximising this opportunity by also laying an additional 33,000 volt cable to reinforce the local network in the Ravenhead Retail Park area, therefore combining two projects and minimising disruption.
Mark Sobczak, Programme Manager for SP Energy Networks, said:
“We are committed to investing in our electricity network, and this multi-million pound project will help to ensure that the electrical infrastructure in St Helens is maintained and continues to provide a leading level of reliability. Further, this project demonstrates SP Energy Networks commitment to local communities, and our customers.”
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 not interrupt any supplies to customers during this work.
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