Upgrading the underground cable network in Portrush

In the coming months, NIE Networks will be investing over £500,000 in Portrush to install a new upgraded
underground cable network.

James Duffin, Project Delivery Engineer for NIE Networks, says this investment will benefit the local area.

“As part of our ongoing programme of asset renewal, we will lay new high and low voltage underground cables in Portrush. This part of the network is reaching the end of its lifecycle and we intend to replace these cables with a robust underground network. We will replace over 7km of cable around the town centre, which will improve the quality of electricity supply for our customers.

“Our experienced planners will be in contact with those customers directly affected by the investment works and specific service cable work will be agreed with the property owner.

“Our engineers will work with local contractors Mills Contracts and TOC Contracts on the project and we have designed the programme to ensure homes and businesses in the area will be affected as little as possible. We may have to take you off supply to allow our teams to work safely on the network, but any customer likely to have their electricity supply affected by this investment programme will be notified in advance of the date and time of the interruptions.”


At NIE Networks, we are committed to providing a reliable elecricity service. This local investment work, totalling £500,000, will improve reliability, giving customers in Portrush a greater security of supply. Our programme of investment will begin in November when work will start on Causeway Street. The project is expected to last around five months.

The work will cover most of the Portrush headland, taking in Main Street, Mark Street, Causeway View, Bath Road, Duluce Avenue, Eglinton Street, Princess Street and associated side roads. Approximately 3,600m of high voltage 11,000 volt cable and 3900m of low voltage cables will be replaced as part of the project. As part of our ongoing community consultation, NIE Networks’ planners will be in contact with those customers directly affected by the work. Over 1,200 customers in the area will benefit from the upgrade work, delivering an improved electricity supply to Portrush. We may need to interrupt your electricity to allow our contractors to work safely, but we will give you notice so that you can make alternative arrangements.

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