SSEN has returned to business as usual for the north of Scotland

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As forecast, Storm Barra brought strong winds, heavy rain and snow to much of the north of Scotland during Tuesday 7 December and overnight into Wednesday 8 December. 

Wind gusts of over 60mph were recorded in coastal locations, with over 55mph recorded inland in Aberdeenshire. Over the course of the weather event, SSEN Engineers restored power to more than 9,000 customers reconnecting the final customers at 9pm yesterday.

SSEN is no longer on Yellow Alert and has returned to business as usual (BAU) status.  Its teams will now continue to carry out repairs in areas significantly affected by Storm Arwen, such as Aberdeenshire, to bring the network back to full operational health.

Mark Rough, SSEN’s Director of Customer Operations, said:

“Dealing with another named storm in quick succession brought challenges but our network and our teams responded very well to Storm Barra, restoring the majority of customers within two hours and completing all final repairs by yesterday evening. I’d like to thank any customers impacted for their patience as we worked to restore supplies.

“With no further weather alerts in place, we have now returned to business as usual operation for the licence area, but remain vigilant as we continue to carry our remedial repairs on our network.”


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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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