Northern Powergrid, the company which keeps the lights on for 8 million customers across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is about to start work on the first phase of a £10 million investment programme which will ensure Teesside residents and businesses continue to receive a reliable and secure power supply for years to come.
The electricity distributor’s investment will also ensure Teesside has a power network that can meet the future needs of the county and support its drive to attract industry and encourage economic growth.
The first stage of the investment, which starts on 10 October 2017, will see Northern Powergrid’s contractor, Balfour Beatty Power Transmission and Distribution, upgrade part of the 66,000 volt underground network along Haverton Hill Road, Portrack Lane and the Tees Bridge approach road.
Dave Smith, Project Engineer at Northern Powergrid, said: “This £10m investment in Teesside’s power network is great news for our customers and will help the area continue to attract economic development as we create additional capacity on the network.
“In the first phase of this investment we’ll upgrade 8 kilometres of 66,000 volt underground cable. Traffic management will be necessary so we can safely carry out the work but we’d like to reassure motorists that we’re doing everything we can to minimise disruption. We’ll be carrying out some of the work at night time and weekends, where required to help reduce the impact for local businesses.
“We hope that residents and commuters will bear with us while we make this significant investment in their community to ensure that Teesside has a reliable, resilient and robust power supply for many years to come.”
Anyone with a general enquiry about the work can contact the Balfour Beatty Power Transmission and Distribution’s 24 hour helpline on 0800 121 4444.