SSEN returns to business as usual for its North distribution area

From the early hours of Thursday morning, gale-force winds battered the north of Scotland, tracking slowly across SSEN’s network region from west to east throughout the course of the day and into Friday.  The main areas affected were the Western Isles, north-west Highlands, Caithness, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Orkney and Shetland, with the highest wind gusts of over 100mph recorded at Gremista, Shetland. 

Throughout the course of the event SSEN successfully reconnected power to over 18,000 homes.

Dale Cargill, Director of Customer Operations, said:

“Our network generally stood up well to Storm Caroline and I would like to thank all our customers who experienced a power cut for their patience as we battled against the elements to restore their power.  I would also like to thank our teams for working so hard to get the lights back on for our customers in extremely challenging conditions and place on the record our gratitude to all our resilience partners for their support throughout the event, particularly HM Coastguard who helped us overcome the challenge of getting additional crews to the Orkney island of North Ronaldsay.

“We have now returned to business as usual but we will continue to monitor conditions and are well prepared to respond to whatever other challenges the Scottish weather has in store for us this winter.”

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.8 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK. Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England.

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