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Technology experts ITI are due to start work on two test site projects, which if successful, will instigate a roll out of Operational Technology upgrades across SSEN’s infrastructure, enabling them to meet the output and consumer price targets in OFGEM’s RIIO-ED2 Price Control Period from 2023 to 2028.
SSEN (Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks)’s vision is to upgrade their network of substations across the UK, with the aim of improving efficiency, in order to achieve output targets at lower OPEX, and in turn, assure consumer pricing targets.
Ultimately, SSEN plan to upgrade around 1500 substations, but this will depend upon the success of these two initial test projects in two regions, Dundee and Thames Valley. ITI have signed an agreement to be the sole provider on a framework that will last five years. If these first two projects are a success and OFGEM approve the roll out, then ITI will manufacture and install the approved solution across the UK over the course of the next five years.
Bryn Thomas, Sales Director for Power and Infrastructure at ITI said: “This is a significant contract which has the potential to evolve into a long-term relationship with SSEN and allow us to help them build a sustainable future. SSEN are relying on ITI to deliver a robust and effective solution that will help them to achieve their goals, and we intend to deliver on that expectation.”
Andrew Robertson, Head of Operational Technology at SSEN, added: “The coming years will be key to building an ever more resilient network, as we enhance our operational technology to improve reliability for our customers and deliver a solid foundation for net zero. I look forward to working with ITI and their experienced team to deliver the initial test projects and establish a wider programme following regulatory approval.”