Contractors have recently completed work on the exterior of the new £17 million facility, which has been delivering power to homes and businesses in St Helier since late 2018 when it was joined to the Island’s network.
Work on the 10,000sq-ft former quarry site began with ground investigation in 2015, followed by the removal of 27,000 tons of material by local contractor Jayen.
The substation, built by specialist French contractors Engie INEO, will relieve pressure on supplies to 80% of St Helier – around 13,000 customers whose electricity previously came from the substations at Queen’s Road and the Esplanade.
Final landscaping work on the site is expected to be completed shortly, and a public viewing platform will also be finished ahead of the substation’s official opening.
Jersey Electricity has also confirmed that it will be supporting an education programme run by the National Trust for Jersey for the next three years.
Support from JE will fund the employment of two education officers, who will work with an estimated 3,500 schoolchildren to encourage an interest in nature and biodiversity
National Trust chief executive Charles Alluto said: ‘Our education programme has been running for ten years and is an important part of the Trust’s varied work. Engaging young people in nature is vital for the future protection of our natural environment, which is under threat more than ever. Our previous sponsorship of this programme had concluded and we are delighted that Jersey Electricity has come on board.’