24th April 2013 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Industry News

Scottish Power are set to make significant upgrades to their distribution network, connecting a number of wind farms and improving power cables and pylons which will create around 4,000 jobs, Uswitch reports.

The energy supplier intends to improve their service for consumers and is making a substantial investment in a number of UK energy projects. Last year it was announced the company would be creating 1,500 engineer jobs and this news means an additional 2,500 jobs are expected. The plans could be fast-tracked as Scottish Power is currently going through a fast track regulatory settlement with regulators Ofgem which could speed up their next investment programme.

The Chairman of Iberdrola (The Spanish electricity utility company) and Scottish Power, Ignacio Galan said: "We are investing £4 billion between now and 2014 in the UK, representing 40% of our global investments, with two-thirds of this investment planned for Scotland," he said.

"On the back of our long-term investment plans, we are creating 4,000 jobs in our networks business alone, which will see our company continue to grow and help to boost the Scottish economy."

This added investment to the Scottish infrastructure will reduce the cost of maintenance to outdated pylons and power cables and will also result in higher energy production from renewable sources.