Western Isles energy boosted thanks to £3.8m SSE investment

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Energy firm SSE has announced that energy to the Western Isles has received a boost thanks to a £3.8 million network investment.

SSE said it has now provided the region with a “more resilient power supply”.

The networks arm of the firm, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), recently completed the £3.8 million programme of works to reinforce and improve the electricity network serving Uist, Barra, Eriskay and Vatersay.

The project included establishing a second 33 kilovolt (kV) electricity circuit stretching almost 18 miles from Drimore to Pollachar to provide greater resilience, reducing the load on the existing line and providing another route to quickly re-connect customers’ power supplies in the event of a fault on the existing circuit.

Colin Pirie, head of the Highlands and Islands region at SSEN, said: “The completion of this investment marks an important milestone in the delivery of one of our business plan commitments, targeting our investment where it will have the greatest benefit and improving the security of supply to our customers.

“We’d like to thank the local community for their patience and support as our teams worked over the past couple of years to deliver a stronger and more resilient power supply across the islands.”

Angus MacNeil, MP for the Western Isles said the investment would make “a real difference to island residents”.