SP Energy Networks is investing £40m in a network refurbishment project in East Lothian and the Borders to improve the resilience of the electricity supply and prepare this part of its network for a low carbon future.
This upgrade project is part of wider £2 billion investment plans to futureproof the company’s transmission network across Central and Southern Scotland over the next five years, as it continues to lead the way towards a cleaner, greener future.
The company is undertaking a major refurbishment project across a key overhead line route between Cockenzie in East Lothian and the village of Eccles in the Scottish Borders.
The total distance of the 400kV route, known as the ‘ZA overhead line’, is around 40 miles and was first constructed in the mid-1960s and provides one of the main corridors for transferring renewable electricity around the country.
Investment in the line now will ensure that the network continues to play an important role for years to come and is able to support the uptake of green technologies such as electric heating and cars, as the company helps the country towards net-zero emissions targets.
In total, 190 towers will be inspected and the lines, conductors and insulators will be replaced. The SP Energy Networks’ team will liaise closely with local landowners and authorities on the route to ensure disruption to the surrounding environment and communities are kept to a minimum throughout.
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