Sinn Féin councillor Cathal McLaughlin says he is delighted to see improvements to the electricity network around Cloughmills, to avoid the destruction and nightmares caused by the damage a few years back, when local residents had to leave their homes and spend winter nights in the Millennium centre in Loughgiel, to whom they were very grateful at the time.
After speaking to NIE Mr McLaughlin said:
As part of their ongoing investment in the electricity network, NIE Networks have began a seven month programme of work to upgrade part of the 11,000 volt (11kV) circuit around Cloughmills. This investment totals over £1million and will help improve the reliability of the network in the area.
They will be upgrading over 80km of lines. The work, which will be carried out by their contractor SPIE, will include the replacement of 517 poles, upgrading of an additional 300 poles and the renewal of 176 spans of new overhead line.
In addition, 234 pole mounted transformers will also be upgraded. They have already written to around 900 customers in the area, who may be affected by this investment work.
The company have secured two framework contracts with NIE Networks to assist in the refurbishment of the distribution and transmission networks.
Concluding, Cllr McLaughlin said:
I can reassure constituents that interruption to power supply if any, will be minimal.
“SPIE endeavours to meet these requirements head-on and is proud to be participating in this work.
All land owners have been contacted by SPIE prior to work commencing. They may need to interrupt electricity supply’s in certain areas to allow contractors to work safely, but they will give notice so that residents can make alternative arrangements.
This investment work began in September 2016 and will complete in Spring 2017”.