MSPs given ‘first official explanation’ of SSE power black-out which hit 200,000 Scots homes

Electricity grid infrastructure

A fault at an electricity grid sub-station near Inverness caused last week’s power cuts which affected some 200,000 homes in the Highlands and Islands.

Answering a question in parliament yesterday from fellow MSP Rob Gibson, Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney said that the relay station at Knocknagael, a recently redeveloped substation at Essich, had “malfunctioned” and that the circuit-breakers which had detected faults on the lines then ‘opened to prevent further damage to the network’.

Swinney told MSPs that Perth-based Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) was carrying out a ‘review’ of operations and was confident that such failures would not occur again.

Gibson (SNP MSP for Ross, Caithness and Sutherland) thanked the Minister for ‘this first explanation’ of the power cut and asked if the Minister would ask SSE to ensure that it briefed Highlands and Islands MSPs on the issue.

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