Highlands & Islands

Power cut hits 27,000 on Western Isles, Skye and west Highlands

Electricity supplies have been restored to about 27,000 properties following a power cut that affected the Western Isles, Skye and the west Highlands.

The power loss lasted for several hours before engineers managed to restore supplies.

Energy giant SSE said a transmission fault had been the cause of the power cut.

In April, a power outage affected more than 200,000 properties across the north of Scotland.

The relay at Knocknagael, a recently redeveloped substation at Essich, near Inverness had "malfunctioned".

This fault caused circuit breakers to open, shutting off the power but also preventing "more protracted and significant damage" to the system supplying the north and north west of Scotland.

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