Energy company releases statement after widespread power outage
A spokesman for SP Energy Networks, which operates in Central and South Scotland, North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Shropshire, said: “Hurricane Arwen brought winds above 90mph and as a result caused some damage the worst damage to us our network has been experienced for more than 15 years.
“Our engineers have been working since Friday night trying to get power on as quickly and safely as possible, but it’s been difficult because our system-wide damage has been so massive we’ve seen more than 600 faults in Scotland and 700 in England and Wales Since the storm began, engineers have reconnected more than 150,000 customers.
“In many areas, damage is severe from fallen trees and other wind-blown debris, and engineers are also addressing road closures and access challenges that make our repairs even more difficult.
“The time it took us to bring back customers reflects the number of failures and the severity of the damage to the network.”
The company apologized for the delay and added that in Scotland, 4,500 customers were affected in Borders, Dumfriesshire, Fife and Lothian and in England and Wales, 3,600 customers in Dee Valley, Oswestry, Mid Wales and North Wales.
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