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SP Energy Networks makes multi-million pound investment in Lanarkshire to deliver clean energy transmission

11/10/2017

A programme of multi-million pound projects are under way in Lanarkshire as we support the UK’s growing demand for clean energy.

We have invested in Lanarkshire projects including connection of two new windfarms and network upgrades to futureproof the transmission network.

Middle Muir and Kype Muir Windfarms will be connected to the vast transmission network which we own and maintain throughout Central and Southern Scotland. The network uses overhead lines and underground cables to transport electricity around the country ensuring a safe, secure and reliable service for current and future network users.

Work is already under way on both windfarm connections which are due to be completed in 2018, enabling our business to play its part in helping households and business to use more clean energy than ever before. Middle Muir Windfarm (to the south of Douglas) and Kype Muir Windfarm (to the east of Strathaven) are both under construction and will be connecting into Coalburn Substation,to the south of Lesmahagow.

A total of 24km of underground cables will be fitted and our community relations team will advise local residents and community groups to minimise disruption and keep them updated as work progresses over coming months. The work is being supported by South Lanarkshire Council, who will coordinate traffic management.

In Wishaw, construction work is under way at one of the transmission network’s key substations as part of our reinforcement and investment programme. The project involves a sizeable extension to the existing substation footprint which will allow the reconfiguration of the equipment. Due to the substation remaining live, it will be a complex operation involving a variety of specialist contractors.

Karen MacGregor, Community Relations Manager, said: “The multi-million pound construction projects that SP Energy Networks is undertaking in Lanarkshire will ensure that the transmission network can deliver a secure and reliable service today and in the future as we play our part in moving to a clean energy society.”

Community relations is a priority for us and in addition to making local residents and groups aware of work in their area, our community relations team is active in Lanarkshire’s communities and involved in supporting local schools and events.

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