£1.2 million electricity investment powers Highland communities

Scenic view of Lochcarron where SSEN is investing £1.2 million in the local electricity network

Work is under way in Lochcarron to upgrade the electricity network serving homes and businesses in the Wester Ross area, ensuring a secure supply of electricity for years to come.

The £1.2 million investment by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), includes the construction of a new electricity substation, boosting the resilience and strength of power supplies in Lochcarron, Slumbay, North Strome, Ardanaeskan, Strathcarron, Achintee and Attadale.

The six-month long programme of works will benefit approximately 600 properties in the area through the complete replacement of the existing outdoor substation at Achintee which is reaching the end of its operational life. The new substation will be housed indoors at the new Lochcarron site, providing an additional layer of protection.

SSEN will also be installing new underground cable along the A896, removing overhead power line through the Tullich Industrial Estate and replacing it with underground cable. In Achintee, engineers will install a mobile generation hook up point to assist with the faster restoration of supplies in the event of future faults on the network.

Nik Wheeler, Head of SSEN’s Highlands and Islands region, said:

 “Our Highland region covers some of the most remote and rural locations the country has to offer, and our role as a responsible network operator is to ensure homes and businesses have the power they need, both now and in the future.

“This £1.2 million investment, including a brand new substation at Lochcarron, will go a long way to ensuring a safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity to our customers, with upgraded equipment allowing for faster restoration of power supplies should a fault occur on the rural network.

“We’d like to reassure our customers we’ll do all we can to minimise disruption as our engineers work on this substantial upgrade to future-proof the electricity network for years to come.”

While disruption will be kept to a minimum while engineers work, SSEN would like to remind customers they can register for SSEN’s Priority Services Register (PSR) if they require extra assistance during a power cut. People can qualify for additional support if they:

  • Are shielding during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Have a disability
  • Live with children under five
  • Are blind or partially sighted
  • Have a chronic illness
  • Use medical equipment/aids reliant on electricity
  • Are over 60

To find out more about the PSR, click here or call 0800 294 3259.

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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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