Peterhead Power Station plays its part during the wintry spell

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PETERHEAD Power Station played its part in keeping our lights on and ensuring everyone had enough power to cook their turkeys over Christmas.

The harsh winter weather is yet to take its toll on the electricity supply around the North-east - as Scottish and Southern Energy confirmed a “substantial investment” in the Aberdeenshire area would ensure any power failures were not long-lasting.

The firm said that the electricity network in the North-east has been strengthened as part of a continuing multi-million pound investment programme by Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD), ensuring the lights stay on when customers need it most – over the winter months.

Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution engineers have recently been reinforcing the overhead and underground network in the Redmoss, Craiginches and Kintore area of Aberdeen, with the latest high-tech electrical equipment.

In north Aberdeenshire, overhead lines have also been reinforced and replaced at Fyvie and over in Moray at Keith, Fochabers and Buckie.

Extra engineers were drafted in from England to Aberdeenshire in order to provide additional support to the engineers during the recent weather warnings at the weekend.

This was to ensure that if there were any interruptions to the supply that we would be able to restore the power as soon as possible.

The investment of around £3million in the North-east area alone ensures a safe and reliable supply of electricity helping ensure supplies are restored as quickly as possible in the event of power failures.

Operations manager David Mackay, who is based in Aberdeen, said: “This new investment work in the North-east area will mean our network is even more robust and if there is a power cut, supplies in these areas will be restored more quickly. Despite last winter’s prolonged, and at times freak, snow storms across the region the overhead electricity network withstood the meteorological battering well.

“Without this significant investment in the North-east network, winter storms could cause more damage.”

Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution also has advanced weather monitoring systems in place, allowing plans to be put in place, and giving staff five or six days to plan ahead and be ready for severe weather.

This means it is far easier to mobilise crews, materials and equipment as quickly as possible.