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We are helping power the country’s leading recycler of uPVC windows – and have used the opportunity to ensure there is more load available for other customers.

Veka Recycling relocated to the Midlands from Kent, building one of the most advanced recycling plants in Europe on the Finedon Road Industrial Estate in Wellingborough.

The facility was built from scratch to take advantage of the latest recycling technologies and required a 2.8MVA demand, which meant laying 3km of HV cable from the primary substation in the centre of Wellingborough to the site.

WPD North East Northamptonshire Team Manager Richard Macgowan said: “Veka were excellent to work with. We sat down with them in the very early stages of their planning to ensure our supplies matched their plan. The way they planned their facility meant they required increased load in stages over an 18-month period, rather than asking for everything at one go.

“That meant we were able to ensure they had the power they wanted when they needed it. We also reconfigured other parts of the network to make more load available to other customers in other parts of Wellingborough, including the Stanton Cross development to the east of the town.” 

At the same time we have taken the opportunity to reinforce supplies to the whole area to accommodate future growth.

“The electrification of the Midland mainline has brought forward the redevelopment plans for huge areas around Kettering and Wellingborough,” explained Richard. “We’ve been able to couple all of the works together for maximum efficiency.

“It’s been achievable through the co-operation we’ve received from the residents of Wellingborough and Northamptonshire County Council’s highways team.”

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