UK utility upgrades infrastructure with £4.7m investment


UK utility Northern PowerGrid is investing £4.7 million to improve the infrastructure that powers homes and businesses throughout Seaham and Ryhope.

The utility is installing 13.9km of underground cables and replacing 13.9km of overhead power lines.

The investment will be used to refurbish 18.2km of power lines, 61 support structures and install remote controlled smart switching devices at 41 locations to enable a quick and automatic restoration of power in the event of an outage.

Peter Taylor, Zone Manager at Northern Powergrid, said: “This £4.7m investment is great news for all of our customers in Seaham and Ryhope. The work we are doing will provide a safe, secure and reliable power supply for years to come, increase flexibility across our network and support the continued economic growth of the two towns.

Northern PowerGrid in tech R&D

The £4.7 million investment in infrastructure development follows the energy provider to 3.9 million customers directing £4 million towards the development of technology to detect faulty grid assets.

The Foresight fault detection technology will be used to pinpoint faults on the low voltage network for the utility to be able to address grid failure before consumers are affected. Read more…

In September 2017, the utility partnered with Northern Gas Networks and the University of Newcastle to establish the Integrated Transport Electricity Gas Research Laboratory (InTEGReL) in Gateshead.

InTEGReL is a facility for research and development of innovative technologies to improve the transport and energy systems. Read more…


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