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SSEN delivers £1.2 million power upgrade at Macduff


By Sarah Rollo

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A £1.2 MILLION upgrade at Macduff substation is taking place.

The Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) investment project will see transformers and switchgear replaced with new, better equipment.

It is designed to boost the resilience of the network serving over 6500 properties in the local area and allow for future growth in electricity demand.

SSEN Project Manager, Margaret Riach, at Macduff substation.
SSEN Project Manager, Margaret Riach, at Macduff substation.

Work is also taking place along the coast in Moray, where engineers are progressing a £700,000 project at Ashgrove substation, in Elgin, to replace equipment installed in the 1960s.

Michael Hilferty, head of SSEN’s North Caledonia region, said: "We’re delighted to progress two major projects as part of our £5 million investment programme in Moray and the north-east coast, delivering vital upgrades to equipment installed in the 1960s which is reaching the end of its operational life.

"Our priority is to ensure a safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity for our customers, and this investment goes a long way to delivering on that commitment for thousands of existing homes and businesses, as well as those looking to connect to our network in the coming years."

In both Macduff and Elgin, engineers are installing automated equipment to significantly reduce disruption during a power cut as part of an additional £2 million investment across SSEN’s North Caledonia region.

The system detects when, and where, there is a fault on the network, choosing the most suitable alternative cable to switch supplies to or sending a signal to the main control room where engineers can restore power at the touch of a button.

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