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26/10/11: £4 million power project due to start in Carrington

A £4 million project to increase the capacity of the electricity network in the Carrington and Irlam areas is due to start in November.

Electricity North West, which is responsible for bringing energy to homes and businesses in the region, is laying more than five kilometres of new underground power cables to link Carrington’s existing substation to a larger one in Irlam.

This will reinforce the existing electricity network so that it can meet increasing demand from homes and new businesses in the area. The project will involve complex engineering works to route the power network under the Manchester Ship Canal near Cadishead. This will be a two-week operation involving specialist contractors and Electricity North West engineers drilling under the canal to insert pipes to carry the new cables.

Overall, the full project is expected to take up to 15 months to complete and will not disrupt electricity supplies to customers in the area.

Michael Proctor of Electricity North West said: “This project is an important part of our ongoing investment in the regional electricity network. As demand for electricity increases, it is important that the network has the capacity and resilience to ensure that homes and businesses have a safe and reliable power supply.

“All of our infrastructure projects are carefully planned and organised to minimise disruption. This particular project will not involve any interruptions to the supply of electricity in the area and we are working closely with the various organisations that use the Manchester Ship Canal to ensure that this phase of the project runs smoothly, with minimal impact on the normal flow of traffic on this busy waterway.”

Electricity North West is investing £1.4bn in the region's electricity network over a five-year period ending 2015. This is the largest investment in the network for more than 30 years and will also create 250 additional roles in the region.

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