Thousands of homes left without electricity due to cable fault

A fault in a subsea cable was responsible for the loss of electricity to over 1,100 homes in the North Isles on Tuesday morning. The power cuts affected 1,112 customers in Yell, Unst and Fetlar from around 6am to approximately midday.

A further 2,500 homes in the Lerwick area also experienced a blackout, although they only lost power for eight minutes from 6am onwards.

A spokesman for Scottish and Southern Energy said engineers had worked to restore power as quickly as possible to the affected homes. Investigations are underway to establish what caused the cable to fail.


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  • Anne Moncrieff

    • August 5th, 2009 8:50

    Just to let you know there was also a power cut in Scalloway on Friday night with power off for approx half an hour in a number of houses. This is an occurence that is all too frequent for this day and age. We have approx 6 power cuts a year in the area of Scalloway I live in that are due to unforeseen faults but appear to always be the same problem at the sub station when I ‘phone up the helpline.

  • Bobbie Dailly

    • August 6th, 2009 6:59

    I would like to point out that there was also a power cut in the Firth area from 4am to about 7am. This also seems to be a regular occurence and you get little in the way of an explanation as to what it happening.


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