Sandford substation on target for energisation in 2023

Our contractor, Siemens, started work to build the new substation near Sandford in April 2020.

Located in the centre of the new Hinkley connection route, the substation is set to connect high voltage energy from Hinkley Point C as well as reinforcing the security of energy supply in the South West region following the removal of existing pylons owned by Western Power Distribution (WPD).

The construction for the substation control buildings is set to be complete by mid-2022, and the substation fully energised by end of 2023.

As well as protecting wildlife and habitats during our work, our aim is to enhance the surrounding landscape of substation; we’ve created a wildlife pond to provide habitat for a variety of invertebrates and carried out some advance landscaping and planting around the site to help screen the new site.

We recognise that our construction activity impacts local communities and work hard to limit and balance that impact. In this area, we’ve made space available around the boundary of the new substation to re-route the section of the Strawberry Line path off-road and built a quality hard surface that will be suitable for all users. The area is planned to be available for use from mid-2023.