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Cheshire electricity network receives £23m boost to cope with clean energy demand

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SP Energy Networks have invested £23 million in the Crewe Grid substation, in order to allow the Cheshire electricity network to cope with the growing number of clean energy technologies, like electric vehicles, solar PV and heat pumps, that need to connect to the grid now and in the years ahead.

The Crewe Grid project saw the substation, originally commissioned in 1966, return to a single-story grid design and a systematic relocation of 132kV circuits from the outdoor compound to new gas insulated circuit breakers housed within the purpose-built structure. The switchgear was also upgraded to a modern alternative, enhancing network resilience for over 80,000 local homes and businesses, as well as facilitating future growth and development as the UK transitions to low carbon technologies.

Mark Sobczak, 132kV General Manager at SP Energy Networks, said:

“This project marks a significant milestone as we strive to ensure our distribution network provides a secure and reliable service now and in the future.

“Crewe substation was designed and built decades ago when the world was a very different place and how we used electricity, and where it came from, were nothing like the electricity system we have today.

“This upgrade, using the latest innovation and technology, means that Crewe will remain right at the heart of our network as we move towards a net zero future and will continue to make a difference for generations to come.

“It also supports our commitment to embedding sustainability across our operations, through our supply chain, across the industry and into our everyday lives. “

The project supports SP Energy Networks efforts to boost both energy security in the UK and a decarbonised energy system. It follows recent news that the network operator has a separate, 5-year project underway through which £5.5m is being invested to refurbish roughly 26 miles of overhead electricity lines across Wrexham, Whitchurch and Crewe, to further support the country’s transition to clean energy.  

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