Work underway on £1.2m Lochcarron electricity network upgrade

WORK on a £1.2 million project to upgrade the electricity network in Lochcarron is underway, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has confirmed.

The works will see the construction of a new electricity substation, which SSEN said will boost the ‘resilience’ and ‘strength’ of power supplies in Lochcarron, Slumbay, North Strome, Ardanaeskan, Strathcarron, Achintee and Attadale. The firm added that the work will take six months – benefit approximately 600 properties.

Nik Wheeler, head of SSEN’s Htingighlands and Islands region, said, “Our Highland region covers some of the most remote and rural locations the country has to offer, and our role as a responsible network operator is to ensure homes and businesses have the power they need, both now and in the future.

“This £1.2 million investment, including a brand new substation at Lochcarron, will go a long way to ensuring a safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity to our customers, with upgraded equipment allowing for faster restoration of power supplies should a fault occur on the rural network.

“We’d like to reassure our customers we’ll do all we can to minimise disruption as our engineers work on this substantial upgrade to future-proof the electricity network for years to come.”