A £5million investment has been announced to improve the power network in Moray.
The scheme, from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), will upgrade the system over the next 18 months, installing equipment to restore supplies more quickly in the event of a power cut.
It will also include work to install flood prevention equipment to protect local power supplies from heavy rainfall and flooding.
Substations at Elgin, Macduff and other regions will be upgraded, along with an investment of more than £600,000 to install automated equipment across 10 locations in Moray.
Head of region for North Caledoina at SSEN, Michael Hilferty, said: ““We regularly invest in our network, upgrading and strengthening the overhead lines, underground cables and substations powering homes and businesses across our region to deliver a safe and secure supply of electricity to our customers.
“This £5 million investment across Moray will improve the service we provide to our customers, with automated equipment being installed to reduce disruption, ensuring local communities receive the electricity they need to power their lives.”