A FINAL push is being made to restore power to the 560 remaining homes that lost power as a result of Storm Arwen.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said that there is effort being made today (December 4) to restore power to homes that have been without since a major storm impacted energy networks across the UK.

The network operator said that the majority of the customers still to be reconnected are in Aberdeenshire, with small numbers in Perthshire, Angus and Moray.

Mark Rough, SSEN’s Director of Operations, said: “Our teams continued to make really good progress throughout Friday night and they’re working really hard, in worsening weather conditions, to restore the last remaining customers throughout the course of today. Our localised network has sustained significant damage and through a combination of repairs and mobile generation we will continue to work until all power is restored.

“We have over 700 field staff carrying working with support from other network operators and contractors from across the UK and Ireland, and everyone is making a real effort to reconnect the final homes as quickly and safely as possible.

“I’d like to thank customers for their continued patience and apologise for the disruption caused. We continue to work closely with local authorities and local resilience partnerships in Aberdeenshire to support welfare checks to those who remain off supply.”

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While SSEN has conducted extensive checks of the energy network, they are asking people who are currently without power and have not contacted SSEN yet and have also received no contact from SSEN by phone or text, to call them on 105.

Customers that have been impacted by outages and qualify for compensation will automatically receive payment, according to SSEN that states this is in accordance with regulator Ofgem's guidance.

Customers that have not had power restored after 48 hours will receive £70, and a subsequent £70 for each 12-hour period that they do not have supply thereafter. There is no cap on these payments.

The following welfare facilities will continue to support customers who remain off supply, providing hot food and drinks.  Teams from SSEN are using 4X4 vehicles to deliver hot food and drinks to customers in some of the more remote and isolated communities:

  • Bellabeg, Strathdon – Lay-by across from the shop – 08:00 – 22:00
  • Turriff – The Haughs – 08:00 – 22:00
  • Aboyne – In the car park by The Green – 08:00 – 22:00
  • Alford – Transport Museum Car Park – 08:00 – 22:00
  • Tarland -  in the Square – Serving 11:00 – 22:00
  • Torphins – In the Square – 08:00 – 22:00
  • Bogniebrae – Bognie Arms Car Park – 08:00 – 22:00
  • Banff – Banff Springs Hotel Layby, One Pot Shop Food Van – 09:00 – 15:00
  • Lumphanan – Lumphanan Village Hall – 08:00 – 22:00
  • Sauchen – opposite the village notice board and bus stop – 08:00 – 22:00
  • Banchory – Bellfield Car Park – 08:00 – 22:00
  • Macduff – The Knowes Hotel – SATURDAY AND SUNDAY – BOOKINGS ONLY
  • Whitehills – The Galley Restaurant –12:00 – 16:00 (SATURDAY) and 16:00 -18:30 (SUNDAY)
  • Banff – Fife Lodge Hotel – serving 12:00 – 14:00 (SATURDAY) and 12:00 – 14:00 and 17:00 – 20:00 (SUNDAY)
  • Methlick – Ythanview Hotel – serving 12:00 – 17:00 SATURDAY & SUNDAY
  • Kirriemuir – near Bon Scott Statue – 08:00 – 22:00