The £400,000 upgrade of Scottish and Southern Energy Power’s distribution depot at Elliot was opened on Wednesday.
The facility, which was originally built in 1973, was officially opened by Angus South MSP Graeme Dey.
It was a busy working depot for many years but more recently had become a storage facility for electrical equipment.
However, the need to base engineers more widely across the SSEPD electricity distribution region in the north of Scotland became clear. The existing facilities were identified as an investment opportunity in a strategic location.
Over £400,000 has been invested to refurbish the depot which will now be home to 25 employees from the local Angus region, including SSEPD’s Apprentice of the Year, Mark Jamieson. The depot also has space to accommodate additional members of staff in anticipation of future developments in the area.
The refurbishment began in February with Dundee-based contractor Hensons carrying out the majority of the work. The building can now boast the installation of energy efficient lighting, air conditioning and toilets, open plan office space and the re-insulation of all external walls.
To benefit customers in the region, four Angus engineers will be moving a little closer to home from the company’s current base at Carolina Port. In the event of a power cut in the local area, the engineers now based from Arbroath will be able to attend the fault quicker, ultimately meaning a faster restoration time for the customers affected.
SSEPD’s head of operations north Rodney Grubb said: “This refurbishment will bring a number of benefits to the local community with local employment and faster restoration times in the event of a fault.”
Mr Dey commented: “I very much welcome SSEPD making this commitment to Angus and Arbroath. I am sure my constituents will also be pleased to have these engineers closer at hand and therefore better able to respond quickly to any faults that arise.”