21st February 2020
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Power cut affects thousands of customers across the isles

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Thousands of Shetland homes were left in darkness yesterday after a major power cut affected vast areas of the isles.

Scottish and Southern Electricity have apologised after the  main power line, which runs between Sullom Voe and Gremista in Lerwick, encountered problems at around 7pm.

The fault resulted in electricity supply being “automatically interrupted”, although supply restoration began immediately and the last of the homes had power again within half an hour.

SSE stated that:

• Just over 4,000 customers in the North Mainland and the North Isles were restored within seconds;

• A further 1,000 customers in the West Mainland were reconnected after around two minutes;

• Just under 3,500 customers south of Lerwick were restored a short time before 7.15pm;

• Around 4,300 customers in Lerwick and surrounding areas were restored in stages from 7.15pm, with the final customers restored before 7.30pm.

SSE stated: “We would like to thank our customers for their patience and apologise for the inconvenience caused while our team completed supply restoration. We are carrying out an investigation into the cause of this fault.”

About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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