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OFGEM CONSULTS ON £22 BILLION INVESTMENT PLANS TO UPGRADE BRITAIN’S GAS AND HIGH VOLTAGE ELECTRICITY NETWORKS
Ofgem has recently announced proposals to upgrade and renew Britain’s electricity and gas networks. These include funding £17 billion of investment with around a further £5 billion potentially available over the course of the price control period (1 April 2013 – 2021).
The majority of the proposed investment, around £15 billion, would include the upgrade and renewal of the high voltage electricity network in England and Wales and the high pressure gas networks across Britain. These networks are operated by National Grid and the package would fund major projects such as new sub-sea electricity cables linking England/Wales and Scotland. The building of these critical infrastructure projects could create around 7,000 jobs, mainly in the construction supply chain.
An estimated £7 billion would help to ensure that our low pressure gas networks, which deliver gas to homes and businesses, remain safe and reliable. The money would fund the continued maintenance across Britain of the gas distribution network, in particular the gas mains replacement programme. In addition, our proposals would enable the gas distribution companies to connect around 80,000 fuel poor households to the gas network. The proposals will also enable funding for companies to develop carbon monoxide awareness initiatives.
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