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ScottishPower to upgrade distribution network

Scottish Power logoScottishPower is to significantly upgrade its distribution network by connecting new windfarms and upgrading power cables and pylons in the coming years, creating thousands of jobs in the process.

In a bid to improve the service provided to consumers, the energy supplier is investing billions in the UK’s energy infrastructure through projects that will help to create 4,000 jobs over the next decade.

In addition to the 1,500 new engineering jobs announced last year, the company is to create more than 2,500 jobs under its Energy Networks infrastructure investment plans, which may be fast-tracked dependent upon a successful fast track regulatory settlement with Ofgem on ScottishPower’s next investment programme in its network area.

A brighter future

Ignacio Galan, chairman of Iberdrola and ScottishPower, said that the company is focused on increasing the energy infrastructure in the UK, and Scotland in particular, the benefits of which will be passed on to consumers as operations become more efficient and reliable and maintenance costs are reduced.

“We are investing £4 billion between now and 2014 in the UK, representing 40% of our global investments, with two-thirds of this investment planned for Scotland,” he said.

“On the back of our long-term investment plans, we are creating 4,000 jobs in our networks business alone, which will see our company continue to grow and help to boost the Scottish economy.”

Continued growth

Mr Galan was present at the opening of ScottishPower’s new Ochil House office complex in Blantyre, which forms part of the energy supplier’s expansion plans, along with a new HQ in Glasgow, which will serve as its new base.

The company is aiming to boost the service offered to consumers by enhancing its corporate network and internal machinations – a move welcomed by Scotland’s cabinet secretary for finance, employment and sustainable growth, John Swinney, who was also present at the opening of the new Blantyre facility.

“The Scottish Government recognises the substantial contribution that energy industry makes to our economy,” he added.

“We are working with the industry to continue to strengthen Scotland’s position as global leader in energy and this new investment marks further growth in this important section of our economy.”

Through additional investment in the country’s energy infrastructure, ScottishPower will be able to reduce the maintenance costs associated with outdated pylons and power cables and increase the use of renewables, which could ultimately lead to cost savings for consumers.