A multi-million pound project to build resilience and flexibility into Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks’ (SSEN) infrastructure in West London is under way. The distribution operator is investing £7.9 million to upgrade its Canal Bank substation in the Park Royal area. This investment will upgrade equipment and future-proof the network for around 114,000 local customers.
The Canal Bank substation supports a key part of SSEN’s West London electricity network. This upgrade will see the substation refitted with modern, adaptable switchgear and associated equipment to enable new connections in a thriving part of the city.
Scheduled to complete in March 2023, the upgraded equipment will be housed in a newly constructed substation, next to the SSEN Canal Bank site on North Acton Road. This substantial investment and programme of works by SSEN will allow for greater capacity of electricity loads to be shared across the nearby SSEN substations; connecting a stronger, more resilient network in the Park Royal area serving Ealing and Brent and meeting the needs of West London customers now and for many years to come.
SSEN’s Project Manager for the upgrade works, Joseph Hurling said: “SSEN is delighted to be carrying out these upgrade works that will provide a power supply robust enough to meet the current needs of our customers in West London and to enable them to have the capacity they need for future expansion and helping them transition to net zero.
“Much of this project to build safety and flexibility in to SSEN’s infrastructure will take place on an existing site, so I would like to reassure those who live and work in the vicinity of the area that the impact of the construction work will be minimal and their power supplies will be not affected.”
He added: “SSEN has the best interests of its customers at heart and will be carrying out these works ‘off-line’; maximising the safe working of our colleagues, minimising the potential for any disruption on nearby homes and businesses, and eliminating the need for planned supply interruptions.”
SSEN’s investment in West London will ensure a power supply that suits the needs of residents now and in to the future. By upgrading a critical element of the local infrastructure, SSEN is helping its customers to achieve their decarbonisation ambitions; so as more of them turn to low carbon technologies such as electric vehicles, they have a supply and network that’s fit for purpose.
SSEN is undertaking these works in adherence with the Government’s coronavirus guidelines. These include strict hygiene measures, enhanced Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), engineers working in small, designated ‘bubbles’ and thorough safety checks in advance of any work to ensure the safety of both colleagues and customers.