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09/12/11: Electricity North West invests in Warrington power network

A major project to reinforce the electricity supply in Warrington is due to begin this month to improve the network and reduce the amount of time residents are without power in the event of a fault.

Electricity North West is investing £250,000 in a four-month engineering project to strengthen the reliability of the electricity circuit between Silver Lane and Church Lane.

The investment in the circuit, which provides power to almost 2,000 customers in the Risley and Culcheth regions of the town, is being carried out to improve the power company’s ability to quickly restore power supplies in the area.

Electricity North West, the region’s distribution network operator, will install a new 1.3km circuit of 11,000-volt electricity cable between the substations on Church Lane and Silver Lane as well as an additional switching station.

The new switching station will enable Electricity North West to transfer capacity from a neighbouring supply in the event of a fault to the Silver Lane circuit. This new standby circuit will help ensure that customers suffer fewer interruptions to their power supply and that when faults do occur they can be repaired without inconvenience to customers.

The work to install the new equipment is scheduled to be completed by March 2012. There will be no disruption to customers’ power supplies during the work however there are likely to be minor road works in the area at times when the new cable is being installed.

Steve Cox, future networks manager for Electricity North West, said: “Although our network currently operates at 99.99% reliability, there are occasional faults on the power supply caused by weather, vandalism or other things beyond our control.

“Investing in improving customer service is a major focus for our business and this project will improve service to all of our customers in this area.”

Electricity North West is investing £1.4 billion pounds in the region’s local power grid to 2015, maintaining and upgrading the system to meet increasing electricity demand.

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