SSEN welcomes local MP to its Wick depot

Jamie Stone MP with SSEN's team at Wick depot

Jamie Stone MP with the team at SSEN's Wick depot

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) welcomed Jamie Stone MP to its Wick depot to show how SSEN’s teams work to bring power to the Highland community.

The MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross recently spent time meeting SSEN’s local teams, learning about the work they do to provide a reliable supply of electricity to his constituents and SSEN’s 156,000 customers across the Highlands and Islands region.

The visit provided an opportunity to explain the investment SSEN makes in its local infrastructure to improve and strengthen the resilience of its networks, showing examples of ‘Hot Glove’ working which enables SSEN’s engineers to safely work on the live network, minimising disruption to customers.

Mr Stone was also provided an overview of SSEN’s Priority Services Register (PSR) to explain how its teams work to ensure those who need extra help during power cuts and emergencies, receive dedicated support when they need it most.

Pamela Harvey, SSEN’s Customer Relationship Manager for the Highlands and Islands region, said:

“We were delighted to welcome Mr Stone to our Wick depot to give him the opportunity to see the work we do all year round to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to our communities in the Highlands. Our engineers, apprentices and trainees valued the chance to meet Mr Stone and we were proud to explain that most of our employees live and work in his constituency.

“We invest all year round in preparation for the possibility of adverse weather, with our region facing some of the most challenging weather conditions throughout the winter. Mr Stone was interested in the work we do to put our customers at the heart of everything we do through our Priority Services Register and Resilient Communities Fund to ensure they are prepared for whatever the winter brings too. We’d be delighted to welcome Mr Stone to our depot again in the future.”

Jamie Stone, MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, added:

“I appreciated the opportunity to visit the Wick depot and learn about the measures SSEN takes to ensure a reliable electricity supply for my constituents. Winter here in the Highlands presents unique logistical challenges and any lapses in the electricity supply can present a real problem for local people in our cold climate. The visit gave me a helpful insight into the hard work SSEN puts in to keep the lights on all year round.”

For further information on the Priority Services Register, SSEN’s Resilient Communities Fund and many of the other services provided to customers across SSEN’s electricity network in the north of Scotland, please visit ssen.co.uk.

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We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.7 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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