Storm Aiden – SSEN returns to business as usual in the north of Scotland

Storm Aiden infographic

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has returned to business as usual in the north of Scotland following the impact of Storm Aiden.

As forecast, storm force winds and heavy rain impacted much of the country from the early hours of Saturday morning as the storm tracked across the country, causing damage to overhead power lines. Gusts of 80mph were recorded in exposed locations, with 70mph across inland areas.

SSEN’s teams worked in challenging conditions throughout the weekend to restore power to over 30,000 properties, with 87 high voltage faults recorded over the period.

Mark Rough, Director of Customer Operations at SSEN, said:

“We enacted our well-established resilience plans in response to a weekend of very unsettled weather and I would like to thank our customers for their patience as our engineers worked around the clock in difficult conditions to safely restore their power.

“While the sustained nature of Storm Aiden and disruption to local ferry services caused challenges accessing remote and island communities, engineers were on the first available ferries to carry out repairs and restore supplies. I’d like to thank our local communities for their support, including the Argyll and Bute ferry team between Lismore and Port Appin who went above and beyond to bring our teams home yesterday.

“As we enter the winter months, I’d encourage anyone who may be concerned about the potential disruption to supplies, particularly those who may need extra help during a power cut, to call our teams on 105 or sign up for additional support from our Priority Services Register.”

Port Appin Lismore Ferry

Thanks to the Argyll and Bute Port Appin to Lismore ferry crew for bringing SSEN's engineers home after they missed the last available passenger sailing while they carried out repairs to the overhead network on Lismore

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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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