Upgrading the Electricity Network in Rathfriland

Our £1.9m investment in Rathfriland will take nine months to complete and we are working with SPIE to deliver the project. SPIE Distribution & Transmission is one of the UK’s leading specialist providers of overhead line services to the utility market.

The company has secured two framework contracts with NIE Networks to assist in the refurbishment of the distribution and transmission networks. SPIE will carry out renovation and new build works on the transmission network (110kV and 275kV) and will also restore and replace the distribution wood pole network up to, and including, 33kV. Over 150 SPIE lines staff are currently employed on both contracts.

Mike Snee, Managing Director at SPIE, comments: “It’s vital to us that we have a strong and progressive relationship with NIE Networks. The electricity distribution industry operates in a regulated environment and as such there are stringent requirements for the service providers to deliver a safe, efficient and customer orientated service to the end user – the general public. SPIE endeavours to meet these requirements head-on and is proud to be participating in this work.”

Jonathan Walsh, Contracts Manager at NIE Networks, says: “We are delighted to be teaming with SPIE on this programme of investment. We first worked with SPIE in 2009. Since then, our business relationship has gone from strength to strength; they have completed a number of projects with us, from distribution and transmission to assistance with storm damage repairs. We are confident in their ability to deliver this time around.”

Investing In Rathfriland

As part of our ongoing investment in the electricity network, NIE Networks will begin a nine month programme of work to upgrade part of the 11,000 volt (11kV) circuit around Rathfriland. This investment totals over £1.9 million and will help improve the reliability of the network in the area.

We will be upgrading over 140 km of lines, taking in some of the townlands shown above. The work, which will be carried out by our contractor SPIE, includes the replacement of 797 poles, upgrading of an additional 453 poles and the renewal of 860 spans of new overhead line.

In addition, 243 transformer poles will also be upgraded. We are writing to customers in the area, who may be affected by this investment work. All landowners will be contacted by SPIE prior to work commencing. We may need to interrupt your electricity supply to allow us to work safely, but we will give you notice so that you can make alternative arrangements.

Our investment work will begin in February 2017 and will complete in Autumn 2017.

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