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01/11/11: Electricity North West to reinforce South Manchester power network

Electricity North West is investing £6.7m in South Manchester’s power network, with a reinforcement of West Didsbury’s substation.

The refurbishment operation to the substation, which provides power to 50,000 customers in areas including Chorlton, Withington, Didsbury and Parrs Wood, is being carried out to cater for increased power demand in the area which has seen the region’s biggest growth in terms of the capacity on the network.

New business and residential customers have led to more than 6,000 new connections in South Manchester in the past five years – more than double the amount in East Manchester.

Electricity North West, which owns, operates and maintains the network in the region will install more than 2.5km of electricity cable as well as a new grid transformer and an extension to the high voltage switchgear.

The new equipment will create additional capacity on the network and allow for more new connections. The work will not cause disruptions to current customers in the area.

The project is part of a £1.4bn investment in the region’s electricity network over a five year period, ending 2015. This programme is the largest investment in the network for more than 30 years.

Steve Cox, future networks manager at Electricity North West, said: “Secure power supplies are critical for our customers and for the North West, particularly as more and more businesses connect to the network.

“Given the high number of new connections in the area it is crucial that we anticipate the future needs of customers and ensure our network has sufficient capacity for years to come.

“The West Didsbury project creates significant new capacity and a key element in securing the power supply to the immediate and surrounding areas.”

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