A MULTI-million pound upgrade to electricity supply across Southampton has reached a key milestone in its delivery.

The 14-month long programme of works by SSEN started in Netley Common in December and will benefit 75,000 homes and businesses in the county.

It will see the distribution operator investing £3.9 million in the local electricity infrastructure - future-proofing supplies and building resilience into an “important section of Southampton’s network”.

Now, five months into scheme, SSEN engineers have completed the design and build of the first transformer on site.

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This will enable the first section of the newly upgraded Netley Common infrastructure to be energised by the end of the summer.

Project manager Ben Wollaston said: “The location and nature of these works means that most of this upgrade project will be carried out away from residential and business areas, and will therefore have very minimal impact on our local customers.

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“We’ll also be carrying out the rebuild of all the transformers ‘offline’, which means that we have no need to interrupt customers’ power supplies to carry out these substantial improvements to the network around Netley Common.”

In addition to developing a more flexible network to meet Netley Common’s customer requirements now and in years to come, the current project will strengthen the network against adverse weather events and reduce the potential risk of power cuts.

The full scheme is due to complete in February 2023.

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Mr Wollaston said: “My team and I are delighted to be working on this section of Southampton’s network on a project that will boost the strength and flexibility of the local electricity infrastructure; keeping power flowing to those living and working in the area, and helping them meet their net zero goals through a network fit for their needs now and in to the future.”

“The works are just one phase of a series of planned upgrades by SSEN in the Southampton area, with a further project scheduled for early 2025 which will further improve the network through a proposed £3 million investment.

“This ongoing investment by SSEN ensures a power supply ready to meet the changing demands of homes and businesses, as more local customers turn to low carbon technologies, such as electric vehicles and heat pumps.

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