Firm makes powerful investment in Corby

Project engineers Tony York and Guy Battey inspecting one of the new transformers at Corby
Project engineers Tony York and Guy Battey inspecting one of the new transformers at Corby

A £3m project to safeguard power supplies to local homes and businesses has been completed in Corby.

Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distributor for the Midlands region, it has invested in its network to improve supply reliability and customer service levels.

The new initiative involved it replacing and upgrading two transformers in a major substation, which supplies power to 35,000 customers in Corby, Oundle, Great Oakley and the surrounding areas.

The investment is also designed to better accommodate any increased demands placed on the power network in the future for additional developments.

WPD’s projects distribution manager Patrick Booth said: “It ensures that we can provide a high level of service to these areas in the long term by improving the infrastructure and security of our electricity network.”

The work, which took 15 months to complete, forms part of WPD’s commitment to provide a consistently high level of service to customers. It is investing around £2bn on its electricity network between 2010 and 2015.

WPD is responsible for delivering electricity to approximately 7.8m customers in the UK.