[Regular updates on the situation at 27th March can be accessed here.]
[Update 23.00 below] It is important, with familiarity and roads reopened, not to lose focus on just how many households remain without power, after four days and nights.
Last night, SSE say that there were 3,300 homes still without power overnight.
1,400 of these were in Campbeltown, and south Kintyre; 900 in and around Tarbert in north Kintyre; and around 1,000 on Arran, with the focus on the west coast which shares subsea interconnectors with Kintyre.
Hot food vans, which now pepper Campbeltown and which were offering free hot dogs, cheeseburgers [no horse jokes] etc yesterday, were doing curry last night for a double whammy on the heat input.
SSE’s staff were doing all they could to contact and inform households which would again have no power.
Engineers now have the access they need to get a jury rig done on the collapsed pylons at Crossaig, to get this critical part of the network back into operation. They are giving no estimate of how long they think this will take.
The engineers today are focusing their efforts on restoring power to large numbers of customers around Campbletown; and on Arran they will be bringing generators into Whiting Bay and Blackwaterfoot to start restoring supply in the west of the island
Infrastructure Secretary and Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is visting Kintyre today, Transport Minister Keith Brown visited Arran yesterday. These are high profile public relations exercises for ministers but there is an issue of the diversion of resources to support such visits that would be better placed getting the network repaired first.
Update 15.30 – SSE can’t yet give area estimates
See is saying that they would like to provide more specific information about the local areas affected in this emergency; and about their plans to get mains power back on.
However, they say that the nature of the damage to the network makes it difficult to give more detailed area specific information.
2,700 households are still without power, 600 fewer than this morning. It is looking as if some households may be without power to the end of the week.
Update 17.00 – hot food locations for Kintyre this evening
There will be hot food available tonight at the following locations:
- Carradale Primary School – from now – 5.00pm.
- Victoria Halls, Campbeltown – with hot drinks and snacks from council staff – from 9am to 9pm each day.
- Muneroy, Southend – with an SSE hot food van from 10am to 5.30pm – offering hot food and hot water.
- Sound of Kintyre – with an SSE mobile catering.
- Clachan – SSE will be providing a hot food van from 8pm tonight. [The unit expects to return to Clachan tomorrow, 27th March, from 8am. ]
- Glenbarr Council staff will be cooking meals for vulnerable people there tonight. SSE staff are also contacting residents in the area and want to here from anyone who needs hot food.
Update 23.00 – SSE estimate for power fully restored
SSE’s nighty update says: ‘Our engineers continue to make progress restoring power to homes in Kintyre and Arran
‘Conditions remain challenging, but we believe as long as we don’t find further significant network damage, customers should have electricity restored by the end of Thursday night.’
This means that there will be a substantial number of customers who will have been without power for seven days and seven nights – but this estimate, thankfully, does give people affected a sense of the best estimate for the end to the current state of siege, allowing them to plan for the next 60 hours.