Anticipating Storm Barbara

Following continued monitoring of Storm Barbara, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks' weather models anticipate a period of sustained high winds across much of our network patch in the coming days.

Due to the wind speeds forecast it is anticipated there will be disruption to power supplies.  In response, we have increased the levels of frontline and support staff, and moved engineers, equipment and welfare facilities to strategic areas, including the islands.

  • 600 frontline and support staff are on hand across the Christmas period, some five times the normal number who would be available;
  • Around 100 mobile generation units strategically positioned to help restore power in the event of faults to the network;
  • 20 welfare vans available and ready to be deployed to affected areas, should they be required;
  • Outbound calls being made to over 1,400 customers on our Priority Service Register to assess needs and offer extra assistance, where required; and
  • Given disruption to travel services, helicopters and fixed-wing planes are on standby to assist with the movement of engineers and equipment.

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