Scottish and Southern Energy has clinched a deal to provide the power for a new Nissan electric car battery plant in Sunderland.
The deal is for an embedded electricity network – a bespoke power system operating outside a supplier’sregulated distribution areas – and the Nissan deal is the 100th such contract signed by SSE.
Nissan is currently building a £200m battery factory which will produce 60,000 lithium-ion batteries a year for Nissan and Renault vehicles, including the Leaf, the carmaker’s first electric vehicle which is also being manufactured at Sunderland.
SSE will provide provision for a £4.5m, 20MVA 66kV connection. Adrian Pike of SSE said: “This contract is a significant milestone in the development of SSE’s Utility Solutions business.”