Thes work will improve the security of supply with the new transformer having a larger
capacity to cope with higher demand in the area. The transformer is expected to be
switched on in late August.
Colin Pirie, SSEN’s head of region for the Highlands and Islands, said: “As part
of our ongoing commitment to improve the service we provide to our customers and
ensure they have the power they need, we’re investing in the island’s electricity
network. We want to prepare the network for future development, and improve security
of supply for our customers.
“Our teams will ensure disruption to the local community is kept to a minimum, with
works being planned strategically to avoid interruption to supplies. We will do everything
we can to keep our customers informed of the works and any possible disruption to
their local area.
“However, we’d ask any customers in vulnerable situations who may be concerned about
the impact of these works to join our priority services register, where 24 hour support
is available for those who need extra help.”
The site on the Kilbride road where the new transformer will be installed.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is investing £730,000 to upgrade
the electricity network in the far south end of South Uist.
Teams of engineers commenced work last month to strengthen the electricity network
by replacing an existing transformer at West Kilbride which supplies power to the
Improvement works to South Uist electricity supply