Electricity distributor Northern Powergrid is building a new substation to provide around 40, 000 customers with power in South Yorkshire.
The facility will be built on land adjacent to the Potteric Carr nature reserve in Doncaster. In addition, 23km of high voltage cabling will be installed between the new substation and an existing one in West Melton, Rotherham.
The scheme is part of a wider £365 million investment programme by the company, which will help to meet greater demand for power in the area.
Anna Stevenson-Trippitt, Northern Powergrid’s project engineer, said: “Ultimately, our investment programme is about upgrading the network so it is fit for the future and by making this investment now, we are significantly improving the reliability of the electricity supply for many years to come.”
Work is due to start this month and will be phased over the next year. Contractors will work on 50m lengths of cable at a time to minimise disruption.
Some temporary road closures are expected during roadworks. The company will post regular updates on the project’s progress at www.syupdates.co.uk.