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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 local community.


Improvement works to South Uist electricity supply

10 June 2017