Berkshire village benefits from SSEN’s £730,000 boost to improve power supplies

A £730,000 investment by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to improve and strengthen the resilience of the electricity network serving a Berkshire village has now been completed on time and on budget.

Network reliability is a key priority for SSEN and the customers its serves. Following a series of engagements with its customers SSEN took the decision to make the investment to further improve network resilience, and future-proof its infrastructure for customer’s changing demands. This is part of SSEN’s commitment to taking a “you said, we did” approach to investing in its vital infrastructure.

SSEN engineers carried out the improvement works at Yattendon over a 12-month period; renewing essential operating equipment, replacing poles and upgrading overhead lines to a 77 kilometre stretch of the area’s network infrastructure. 

The programme of works follows on from previous upgrades undertaken on the local network in 2018and now completes the project to improve the security of supply to Yattendon and the surrounding villages, and enhance the infrastructure’s resilience for some 2,200 local residents and businesses.

John Wright, Network Construction Manager for the Yattendon project said: “As a responsible network operator, SSEN does all it can to keep the lights on for our customers 24/7, and this significant investment and upgrade programme is a great boost to the reliability and robustness of Yattendon’s network.

“The project team would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their patience as we worked to upgrade and strengthen their power supply. 

“We understand the importance of minimising disruption during works and enabling the provision of a safe and reliable supply of electricity, particularly to those who live and work in Berkshire’s more rural communities.”