Argyll village benefits from £1.15m electricity investment

Taynuilt substation

A major programme of investment in the local electricity distribution network serving homes and businesses in Taynuilt is now complete.

Teams from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution completed works last week to upgrade and strengthen the electricity infrastructure serving the Argyll village, ensuring local power supplies are robust ahead of the worst of the winter months.

The £1.15 million investment was designed to improve customers’ current service as well as support their future requirements, with the replacement of existing electrical equipment at Taynuilt substation.

The existing transformer and outdoor circuit breakers supplying power to over 500 properties have been replaced. In addition, a new 11,000 volt switchboard was installed to enable faster restoration of supplies on the rare occasion that faults occur.

Engineers have also installed an additional transformer, future-proofing the network and adding additional resilience to ensure a safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity for years to come.

Scott Mackintosh, Lead Project Engineer at SSEN, said:

“We’re pleased to deliver on our ongoing commitment to keep the power flowing across our communities. This project was designed specifically to add a double layer of network security and flexibility to ensure our customers receive an enhanced level of service.

“We planned these works to minimise disruption to the local community, including installing key equipment at the early stages to enable us to avoid multiple and prolonged planned interruptions to supplies. We’d like to thank local residents for their patience and understanding as we carried out this significant programme of works.

“Not only will this £1.15m investment improve the service we provide today, it will help to future-proof the network for the changing demands of homes and businesses in the area, helping the local community meet its low-carbon ambitions.”

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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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