First Minister Alex Salmond chaired a further meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) this afternoon where he was given an update on the work being undertaken by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) to identify the cause of last night’s power outage.
SSEPD confirmed they have now visually inspected some 90km of lines where the fault is believed to have occurred. This was carried out by helicopter and by staff on the ground but as yet no visible damage or signs of the fault have been identified.
Local communities in the north of Scotland hit by a power outage on Wednesday evening have had their electricity fully restored. The power cut, which hit supplies around 20:30 affected areas from Fort William in the Highlands through Moray and Caithness to Orkney and Shetland. Also hit were the Western Isles and Skye.