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SSEN delivers £700,000 power upgrade in Elgin


By Sarah Rollo

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A £700,000 project to replace equipment installed in the 1960s is to get underway at Elgin's Ashgrove substation.

The investment by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) will ensure a secure and reliable supply of electricity for almost 4700 residents and local businesses, with works expected to be completed later this month.

Along the coast, SSEN is investing a further £1.2 million at Macduff.

SSEN Project Manager Margaret Riach.
SSEN Project Manager Margaret Riach.

Michael Hilferty, head of SSEN’s North Caledonia region, said: "We’re delighted to progress two major projects as part of our £5 million investment programme in Moray and the north-east coast, delivering vital upgrades to equipment installed in the 1960s which is reaching the end of its operational life.

"Our priority is to ensure a safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity for our customers, and this investment goes a long way to delivering on that commitment for thousands of existing homes and businesses, as well as those looking to connect to our network in the coming years."

In both Elgin and Macduff, engineers are installing automated equipment to significantly reduce disruption to customers during a power cut as part of an additional £2 million investment across the region.

That enables the system to detect when, and where, there is a fault on the network, choosing the most suitable alternative cable to switch supplies to or sending a signal to the main control room where engineers can restore power at the touch of a button.

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