Work being undertaken to extend three chimneys at Battery Point Power Station in Stornoway sees Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) invest £330,000 in the island based station.
Local firms John Maciver & Sons and CalMax Construction have been engaged to carry out the refurbishment works, alongside Pendrich Height Services.
The investment is part of an ongoing maintenance programme to ensure that the power station is able to continue to power homes and businesses across the islands.
The refurbishment project, which began in April, involves the removal and replacement of internal steel liners within each chimney.
Two chimneys have now been successfully completed with the third scheduled for completion by mid-July. The works are being carried out in phases to ensure that the power station remains operational at all times.
Donald MacKenzie, Western Isles Generation Manager at SSEN, commented: “We understand how important a safe and reliable electricity supply is to our local island communities.
“This latest investment will ensure Battery Point Power Station is able to continue to power the community whilst reducing its impact on the environment,” he continued.
“We have been working closely with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) throughout the process and our engineers have completed a full survey of each foundation to ensure extensions to the chimneys will satisfy any structural requirements.”
In the past year, SSEN has invested over £3million in upgrading the electricity network across the Western Isles to help improve security of supply.
One of the most recent upgrades includes a £730k investment in Pollacher, South Uist, by replacing an existing transformer on the island that supplies power to the local community.