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XP Route 275 kV OHL Modernisation Project

As the owner and operator of critical national infrastructure our top priority during the COVID-19 crisis is to ensure a safe and secure supply of electricity is maintained at all times making sure 3.5 million customers receive power each day. This includes vital sites like hospitals and key services on the front line as they deal with the pandemic.

We have worked closely with our all our partners including network operators, Government and the electricity regulator Ofgem to develop contingency plans that will ensure we continue to keep the lights on, maintain network resilience and maintain the health, safety and wellbeing of all our stakeholders during this challenging time.

These plans include essential modernisation work which makes certain that our infrastructure is fit and healthy to carry out its vital function of transporting electricity around the country.

XP Route is a key 275 kV overhead line which runs between Currie and Kaimes substations.

The line which was constructed several decades ago and consists of 28 steel towers covering a distance of approximately 9 kms is a crucial part of the transmission network in central and southern Scotland as it transports clean energy and supports the distribution of electricity in the Edinburgh area.

The programme for the modernisation involves individual towers being inspected and maintenance carried out as required. In addition, the conductors which transport the electricity are being renewed. 

At certain locations the line is close by  housing, business and transport infrastructure and local communities have been advised of the work, much of which will be taking place at height. SPEN Wayleave Officers are coordinating access arrangements with a variety land owners along the route.

The project is due to be completed in the last quarter of 2020.

SPENs refurbishment and modernisation projects ensure the transmission network is playing its part in the countries move to clean energy and a more sustainable environment.

Contact Information

Should you require any further information please make contact via the following phone number or email address:

Community Liaison phone number – 07516461129
Community Liaison emailmajorprojects@spenergynetworks.com
Press Enquiries – 0141 614 4535


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