Friday April 17 2020

Northern Powergrid Energizes Enhanced Network Serving New Washington Nightingale Hospital

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Northern Powergrid, which provides the critical infrastructure that is powering customers’ homes, hospitals and supermarkets across the region during the pandemic, has energised the enhanced electricity network infrastructure that will power the new Nightingale field hospital on Washington’s IAMP business park.

This follows from Northern Powergrid demonstrating earlier this month its commitment and ability to respond quickly by enhancing the power network that serves the new Nightingale field hospital in Harrogate’s International Convention Centre.

Rod Gardner, Northern Powergrid’s Head of Network Operations, said: “Our teams have once again shown how we can work in partnership with government, the NHS, Local Resilience Forums and agency partners to support the communities we power when they need us most.

“We, and our contractor team at Integrated Utility Services, have delivered an improved 11,000 volts connection to the new business park to support the creation of the field hospital. An expert team was brought together to assess the network and look at what additional work could be done to improve the network connection so it operates in the best possible way to support the new field hospital, and continues to protect customers’ supplies.

“In around 10 days our teams have significantly enhanced the substation serving the field hospital. We have successfully installed additional high voltage switch gear, a new transformer and the latest network automation technology on the section of the network serving the site, so we can support it as a priority and automatically restore supplies quickly if there was ever a supply issue. We ensured this work was driven through with the priority it deserved and it was successfully commissioned today (17 April).

“We’re incredibly proud of the teams that have delivered this work. Their focus and dedication is helping us continue to play our essential role in society and support the vital national COVID-19 response.”

Northern Powergrid’s network continues to perform as it should for customers and the company remains ready to support, wherever possible, any further requests to power new field hospitals or critical sites in the North East of England as part of the national response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The network operator, which is also carrying out necessary works and repairs to keep its network safe and reliable for customers, is continuing to remind people that they should only approach its teams in an emergency – and always maintain social distancing.

Anyone needing support can contact the network operator 24/7 on social media (Facebook or Twitter @NorthPowergrid) or by calling 105. Its website also provides information and advice to support customers if they have or need to report a power cut.

Any customers who may need additional advice or support due to their medical circumstances, or are currently ‘shielding’ in line with government and public health advice, may wish to consider joining the company’s free Priority Services Register by visiting or calling 0800 169 2296.