£2.2 million boost for Aberdeen’s electricity network

SSEN's overhead network from Dyce to Kingseat

Properties in Dyce, Kingseat, Balmedie and Ellon have received a £2.2 million boost to their electricity network following the completion of a major cable installation project in the outskirts of Aberdeen.

Engineers recently completed work to install and energise over 16 kilometres of new underground electricity cable between Dyce and Kingseat to ensure a secure and reliable power supply to over 11,500 local homes and businesses.

These works form part of a £10 million investment programme by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to upgrade power lines, substations and underground cables across the city and surrounding areas.

Teams are also installing automated equipment to restore power automatically to customers should faults occur. The £850,000 investment in smarter equipment, known as automation, will enable remote control from SSEN’s main control room where engineers can restore power with the touch of a button, significantly reducing disruption to customers.

Michael Hilferty, Head of SSEN’s North Caledonia region, said:

“In August last year, we announced a multi-million pound programme of investment in Aberdeen and it’s great to see our teams making good progress and delivering on this commitment with the energisation of the Dyce – Kingseat underground cable.

“This investment will future-proof the network, ensuring power supplies to existing homes and businesses are robust and reliable while also increasing the capacity available for new connections to accommodate the increasing local demand for electricity.”

SSEN’s teams are also working in the city, investing over £780,000 on a new underground electricity cable between Northfield and Woodhill substation near Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. These works, once complete, will increase the resilience of power supplies to homes and businesses in the area.

For more information on SSEN’s £10 million programme of investment to power homes and businesses across Aberdeen, please click here.

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.8 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK. Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England.

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