Revolutionary smart substation trial to spearhead Net Zero

Smart electricity substations that speak to each other using the 5G network ‘could hold one of the keys to enabling the Net Zero revolution’

Glasgow powers towards 2023 grid upgrades

The first phase of a £100 million investment project to upgrade Glasgow’s electricity supply is on track to be completed by 2023. That’s according to SP Energy Networks (SPEN), the firm which owns and maintains Central and Southern Scotland’s power grid. Around £10 million has been spent this year alone and a further £12 million […]

Iraq awards $25m power substation contract

Iraq has handed out a $25 million (£15m) contract to design and build 16 mobile electricity substations. Iraq’s General Directorate for Transmission in the Upper Euphrates region placed the order with electrical services firm CG. They are for temporary grid connections and power supplies to be supplied by September 2015, said CG. Laurent Demortier, CEO […]

Mayor: London needs £210m for electricity substations

London electricity substations need revamping to the tune of £210 million, according to the Mayor Boris Johnson. Declaring a “real wake-up call”about the needs of the capital yesterday he said its population is forecast to rise 37% to more than 11 million people over the next half a century. Launching a London Infrastructure Plan 2050, […]

$40m to improve electricity access in Armenia

The World Bank has approved an additional loan worth $40 million (£23.3m) for a project that aims to improve access to electricity in Armenia. It will cover the cost of the rehabilitation of three substations for the nation’s power transmission network. The average age of Armenia’s power transmission assets is around 45 years and most […]

Ukraine bags €20m for efficient district heating networks

A London-based bank is providing a loan worth €20 million (£16.6m) to improve the efficiency of district heating systems in Ukraine. The upgrades are expected to reduce carbon emissions, cut operating costs and reduce gas and electricity usage. District heating systems currently account for 20% of Ukraine’s carbon emissions and use almost 44% of its […]

Spain gets €475m for power grid upgrade

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a loan worth €475 million (£410.9m) for Spain to upgrade its power grid. The cash will support utility firm Gas Natural Fenosa’s four-year programme of investment in upgrading and expanding the overhead distribution network, laying underground cables and building substations – expected to help improve the safety and […]

ScottishPower’s £5.2bn network upgrade to create 2,500 jobs

ScottishPower Energy Networks (SPEN) is seeking approval for plans to invest £5.2 billion between 2015 and 2023 in its electricity distribution network. The multi-billion pound investment will renew and maintain the cables and substations that keep the lights on for more than 3.5 million customers in Central Scotland, Merseyside and North and Mid Wales. The […]

ABB wins $55m Brazilian wind power order

Engineering group ABB has won a $55million (£35.4million) contract to supply new substations and transmission infrastructure for Brazil. The company will install two 138kV overhead transmission lines to connect a new 400MW wind power plant to the national electricity grid. The project is part of the Brazilian Government’s efforts to increase wind power generation for […]