£730k investment in South Uist’s electricity network
Image caption: The site at Pollachar, South Uist, where the new transformer will be installed and energised.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is investing £730,000 to upgrade the electricity network in Pollachar on the Isle of South Uist.
Teams of engineers commenced work last month to strengthen the electricity network by replacing an existing transformer on the island that supplies power to the local community.
This work will improve the security of supply to SSEN’s customers, with the new transformer having a larger capacity to cope with higher demand in the area. The transformer is expected to be energised in late August 2017.
Works will be managed by SSEN to avoid interruption to its customers while the new transformer is connected, with engineers reconfiguring the local network to maintain customer supplies in the area.
Colin Pirie, Head of Region for the Highlands and Islands said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to improve the service we provide to our customers and ensure they have the power they need, we’re investing in the island’s electricity network. We want to prepare the network for future development, and improve security of supply for our customers.
“Our teams will ensure disruption to the local community is kept to a minimum, with works being planned strategically to avoid interruption to supplies. We will do everything we can to keep our customers informed of the works and any possible disruption to their local area.
“However, we’d ask any customers in vulnerable situations who may be concerned about the impact of these works to join our Priority Services Register, where 24 hour support is available for those who need extra help.”
Customers can qualify for SSEN’s Priority Services Register if they are dependent on electricity for home medical care, have a chronic illness or short term medical condition, are disabled, have special communication needs, are over the age of 60, have children under the age of 5 or for any other reason may not cope in a power cut.
For more information on SSEN’s Priority Services Register, please visit ssen.co.uk/PriorityServices, or to register call 0800 294 3259 or 0800 316 5457 to register using a text phone.