SSEN starts work to upgrade Jura’s electricity network

Distribution electricity network in Jura with deer on the hill in the background

Work has commenced on essential electricity network upgrades this week to ensure a robust and resilient power supply to the islands of Islay and Jura.

To ensure the continued security of supply to homes and businesses, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is investing approximately £1 million to refurbish the existing network on Jura which has been delivering power for around 60 years. SSEN expects to complete these works by the end of November.

This project forms part of a multi-million pound programme of investment to upgrade the electricity network serving the islands, with works on Jura to refurbish the wooden electricity pole circuit from Lagg towards Islay that is exposed to salt water which can erode the equipment.

Ross Fenton, Head of South Caledonia Region at Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, said:

“These works form part of a long-term investment plan to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to our customers on the islands.

“While we always look to minimise the use of backup generation on our networks, in order to maintain power supplies we need to use mobile generators to keep the lights on and keep communities connected during this period.

“We are committed to keeping disruption to a minimum and we’d like to thank our customers for their patience as our engineers complete these essential works as quickly as possible.”

As Jura’s electricity network serves as the main circuit powering Islay, SSEN will also run Bowmore Power Station from 7.00am to 8.00pm then switch back to the main line overnight until investment works on Jura are complete.

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