Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) is starting a new meter project, which will see the replacement of around 200,000 electricity meters across the country over the next two years, including many in Banbridge.
NIE has recently appointed two contractors, MD Electrical and KJM Electrical to carry out the first phase of the project.
KJM Electrical has started work within the Greater Belfast area and MD Electrical will commence work in Banbridge and surrounding areas before the end of June.
Further phases of the project will be awarded over the coming months, and the project is expected to employ a total of 40 qualified electricians once it is fully up and running.
Gerard Magee, Head of NIE Market Operations, said: “We are delighted to be starting this challenging project, which will involve replacement of electricity meters in around 25% of homes and small businesses across the country by September 2017.
“This will ensure that customers continue to receive accurate information on their electricity usage.
“We are able to identify from our records which meters are due for replacement, and contractors working on behalf of NIE will contact customers directly to make appointments to replace the meters involved.”