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By Joseph Gartly
Dumfries and West
Energy network upgrade complete

A £1.5 million project to upgrade and refurbish the electricity network in rural Dumfries and Galloway has been successfully completed by SP Energy Networks.

The seven-month project, part of a £2 million investment plan for the area, saw the rebuilding and refurbishment of more than 18km of overhead lines and almost 500 poles in and around the village of Carsphairn.

The investment looks to improve connections, network security and reduce chances of power cuts throughout the local community.

Steve Cowley, convenor of the Carsphairn Community Trust, said: “The community in Carsphairn were pleased with the way SP Energy Networks made great efforts to ensure residents were fully informed of the impending works and how this would affect the community.

“The work was carried out professionally and to the times we were advised.”

SP Energy Networks engineers faced challenging conditions, having to carry out the improvement while keeping power flowing and the Carsphairn community connected.

Engineers were able to keep disruption to an absolute minimum, with SP Energy Networks working hard to keep Carsphairn residents up-to-date with progress and the impact of the project.

SP Energy Networks, understanding the specific requirements of the community during any necessary outage, gave additional support to vulnerable customers in the event of a power outage.

Following completion of the work SP Energy Networks has now donated £1000 to the Carsphairn Community Trust.

The Trust has further plans for the future, which includes looking at renewable energy schemes.
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