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  • Networks Access Statement

    Work near our infrastructure

  • Introduction

    Our infrastructure supplies power to homes and businesses across the north of Scotland, central southern England and at a smaller number of locations across the rest of the United Kingdom where we have ‘National Networks’ embedded within other Distribution Network Operator licence areas. Our networks consist of overhead lines, underground cables and other connected equipment that can be situated both above and below ground. 

    From time to time the development and maintenance work of others (termed ‘clients’ in this document) can come close to, and often cross, this infrastructure. For example, road works to improve road layout or add extra lanes often also involves work to move electricity lines or cables. It’s therefore important we ensure the safety of those carrying out these works and facilitate an efficient system to give advice on working in proximity to our equipment and quotations for moving our equipment and other services to facilitate clients’ projects if required.

    This Access Statement sets out our policies and processes for:
    • How clients obtain information about where our infrastructure is located
    • Single points of contact to discuss working in proximity to our equipment
    • Keeping clients informed of progress on works
    • Response time to standard requests
    • How client disputes will be resolved
  • Engineers repairing cable

    Dial Before You Dig is changing

    We have begun moving our Dial Before you Dig (DBYD) services to an external provider. The DBYD service is designed to be used by anyone that needs to know where our utility assets are to work safely, and to help minimise the risk of disruption to customer supplies. 

    We’re committed to continually improving the service we provide to our customers and moving to the new provider gives customers one place to access all utility information, making it simpler and quicker to acquire the data needed to carry out works safely and efficiently.

    Please note that making the change means that SSE Group entities will be separated into their individual businesses. Due to the nature of the transition, not all SSE Group businesses are making the transition on the same day. 

    For a short period of time, until all SSE Group business have made the transition, service users will have to check with each of our SSE Group businesses to understand if their assets lie within the area of interest to ensure safe excavation. Please follow the processes below to obtain each SSE Group businesses’ asset information until the full transition is complete.

    Once the full transition is complete, service users will only need to follow one process with the new provider to obtain all our utility information.

    SSE Networks assets (electricity cables and overhead lines):

    SSE Networks’ DBYD service will make the transition to new provider Line Search Before U Dig (LSBUD) Monday 21 October. This will include our:

    • Transmission and Distribution assets across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
    • Our Distribution assets in Central Southern England
    • Our Distribution ‘out of area’ assets across the rest of the UK

    There will be a transition period between 11 and 21 October. During this time service users can access our cable and overhead line records by registering with LSBUD. The registration process is quick and easy, and can be done by visiting:

    https://www.linesearchbeforeudig.co.uk/

    Once registered, you’ll be able to raise enquiries to access information about our cables and overhead lines. 

    SSE Enterprise Telecoms assets:

    I can now confirm our Telecoms asset data will be transitioning to LSBUD on 21st October and after this date will no longer be available using the current processes. From 21st October, please access our Telecoms information by registering with LSBUD by visiting:

    https://www.linesearchbeforeudig.co.uk/

    Once registered, you’ll be able to raise enquiries to access information about our Telecoms assets. For any Telecoms enquiries before 21st October, please follow the current process.

    Other SSE Enterprise Assets

    All remaining SSE Enterprise assets will make the transition to LSBUD in the coming weeks. A date will be confirmed on this website in due course. In the meantime, please follow the processes outlines below:

    Gas assets and Slough Heat and Power Water & Steam assets 

    Until SSE Enterprise make the transition to LSBUD, please follow the current process for our SSE Enterprise gas and Slough Heat and Power, Water & Steam assets.

    Slough Heat and Power Electrical assets (in area shown below)

    From 21st October, please send your enquiries for electrical assets in the area shown below (Slough Heat and Power) to EnterpriseCartographers@sse.com, or call the SSE Enterprise Customer Service team on 0345 070 7386. 

    Slough Heat and Power Electrical assets

    SSE Renewables and Thermal assets:

     

    In the coming weeks, our SSE Renewables and Thermal DBYD service will also be making the transition to a 3rd party provider. A date will be confirmed on this website in due course. In the meantime, please follow the processes outlines below:

     

    Gas Storage Assets

     

    If planning to carry out activities in proximity to gas storage assets (Atwick or Aldbrough) please send your enquiry to GasStorage@sse.com

     

    SSE Hydro Power Stations and SSE Windfarms

     

    If planning to carry out activities in proximity to our renewable assets (SSE hydro power stations or SSE windfarms) please send your enquiry to RenewablesEnquiries@sse.com

     

    Other SSE power stations

     

    If planning to carry out activities in proximity to any other SSE power station please refer to www.sse.com/whatwedo/ourprojectsandassets/ for contact details.

     

    Please allow up to 5 days for a response to SSE Renewable and Thermal enquiries.

     

    Thank you for your ongoing patience as each of the SSE Group businesses make the transition to their new DBYD arrangements over the coming weeks.

    Communications (Access to Infrastructure) Regulations 2016

    Our approach to the Regulations is detailed in PR-ENG-NET-015.  Enquiries about using our infrastructure to facilitate the roll-out of telecommunications should be made via email to OperationalTechnology@sse.com.
  • Regional points of contact for statutory undertakers and large scale developers

    North of Scotland

    North Caledonia – Gordon Mennie 
    Tel.- 01224667391 
    Email - Gordon.Mennie@sse.com 

    Highlands and Islands – Amanda Thomson 
    Tel – 01463728328 
    Email - Amanda.Thomson@sse.com 

    South Caledonia – Vince Carlton 
    Tel.- 01738 453001 

    Email - Vince.Carlton@sse.com

     

    Central South England

    Ridgeway – Samantha Boulton 
    Tel.- 07767 850369
    Email - Samantha.Boulton@sse.com  

    Thames Valley –  Andrew Brown 
    Tel-. 07767 850115 
    Email – Andy.Brown@sse.com 

    Wessex – Dave Dawkins 

    Tel.- 07584011970 
    Email - Dave.Dawkins@sse.com 

    South East – Paul Towsey 
    Tel-. 07500912995 
    Email - Paul.Towsey@sse.com
  • Works in vicinity to our equipment

    Clients carrying out development and maintenance work close to our networks may require services from us to facilitate their works.  For example, it may be necessary to move our equipment or temporarily de-energise supply to a particular site.  

    We provide a list of standard requests below, showing whether they are normally dealt with by our Connections and Engineering team, or our General Enquiries team. We are committed to giving our clients a 10/10 service experience. To help with your query we have include timescales for the standard requests we receive.  In many cases timescales are agreed with clients on a case by case basis. Where services are chargeable, further details of the basis for charging can be found in our Connection Charging Methodology Statements.

    If you are a statutory undertaker or large scale developer and wish to discuss any of these services prior to contacting the teams below, or have other questions relating to works near our infrastructure, single named points of contact for each of our regions are provided at the end of this section.

    Connections and Engineering standard requests

    Our Connections and Engineering department based in Portsmouth can provide assistance on the standard requests below. They can be contacted by telephone between the hours of 8:00 – 18:00 Monday to Friday or email below. More information can be found on the Connections home page

    Tel – 0800 048 3516
    Email – connections@sse.com

    Mains Diversion

    If you need any of our existing overhead lines, underground cables, or electrical equipment diverted as part of your project, you can now apply for a quotation to carry out the diversion works needed here.
    We aim to provide a Diversions quotation within 65 working days. Once payment has been received we aim to complete these jobs within 12 weeks.

    Disconnections 
    If a property needs to be demolished, we can disconnect it from the mains network. If you require a disconnection please contact our Connections and Engineering department. More information around disconnections can be found here. We aim to provide a Disconnections quote within 10 working days. Once payment has been received we aim to complete these jobs within 4 weeks

    General Enquiries standard requests

    Our General Enquiries team based in Portsmouth can provide assistance for clients on the standard requests below. They can be contacted by telephone on the number below between 08:00-17:00 Monday to Friday. More information can be found on the General Enquiries home page or through the telephone number displayed below.


    Telephone – 0800 048 3516
    Email - GE@ssen.co.uk

    De-energisation
    If you are looking to temporarily de-energise your supply to complete other work we can complete this work.  This can only be for a maximum interruption of 72 consecutive hours. This job may be chargeable . We aim to complete these jobs within 12 weeks.
    Shrouding
    Where tree cutting is required or scaffolding is being erected in close proximity to our power lines, we can arrange for shrouding to be placed on the overhead cable. This job is not chargeable. We aim to complete these jobs within 12 weeks
    Overhead Line Assessment
    If work is being carried out or if tall vehicles are being driven under or near our overhead cables we can attend site and ensure that they are at a correct and safe height for the works. This job may be chargeable. We aim to agree a date for the assessment within 5 days of receiving the request.
    Substation Access
    If you have equipment inside one of our substations, you can request access. This job is not chargeable. We aim to agree a date for access within 5 days of receiving the request.
    Temporary Isolation
    We can arrange a temporary isolation to allow for works to be carried out safely however we must take into consideration surrounding properties that would be affected. This job may be chargeable. We aim to complete these jobs within 12 weeks.
    Underground Cable Assessment / Cable Trace
    If you are unsure of the location of an underground cable we can arrange to visit site to complete a cable trace to make sure there are no cables within the works vicinity. This job is not chargeable. We aim to complete these jobs within 4 weeks.

  • Dispute Resolution

    We believe that the process described above will ensure clients are satisfied with the service they receive and we deliver on our promises about site visits, quotations and progress updates. However, if a client has concerns about any aspect of this process disputes will be resolved by our Contact Centre and Complaints Manager whose details are noted below:

    Hayley Harby
    Contact Centre and Complaints Manager 
    Tel – 0800 980 1395
    Email – customercomplaints@ssen.co.uk 

    More information on our complaints handling process can be found here. 

       

    Annual report(s) on cross-sector infrastructure interactions

    We produce an annual report in December reviewing our service and approach to cross-sector interactions with infrastructure businesses and others that must arrange to cross or work near our equipment.
  • Stakeholder feedback

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