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MP goes behind the scenes at new sub station

June 9, 2009 11:49 AM
Howarth opens new power station

EDF Energy Networks director of capital programme Barry Hatton, (left) MP David Howarth and EDF Energy Networks project manager David Hoyle (right) at the new electricity substation.

Cambridge MP David Howarth has taken a look behind the scenes a new electricity substation at Arbury, which will strengthen power supplies to the city for years to come.

The new substation site which includes new transformers and high voltage underground cables, has been built on land enclosed by Kings Hedges Road, Mere Way and the Cambridge Regional College campus.

The two-year project has seen EDF Energy Networks invest £20milllion in the area's electricity network to cater for future demand. Work is now almost complete.

The company's £400million investment in its electricity networks this year (2009/10) is part of a projected investment of approximately £2billion over the five years to 2010.

Mr Howarth visited on World Environment Day (Friday, June 5) to see inside the unique substation, which has been built to an innovative design to exceed environmental and planning requirements and complement other innovative architecture at Cambridge Science Park.

Its curved roof is designed to direct cooler air downwards, to reduce the temperature inside the building, which houses electrical equipment.

Mr Howarth said: "I welcome this investment in Cambridge. The building looks fantastic and I hope this is the first of many of its type. EDF Energy Networks should be congratulated on creating a design within strict planning and environmental considerations which complements its surroundings and capitalises on the latest green technology.

"Cambridge is a rapidly growing area with new areas of housing - this sort of planning for the future is essential."

Mr Howarth also met the EDF Energy Networks project delivery team, including director of capital programme Barry Hatton and project manager David Hoyle.

Mr Hoyle said: "We were delighted to welcome Mr Howarth to see the new substation and show him how it helps boost the city's power supply. It is a unique design and it is something that we are proud of.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank residents for their continued co-operation throughout this project."