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Landslip knocks out Western Isles electricity supply

More than 17,000 customers on the Isle of Skye and Western Isle lost power supplies yesterday morning after a landslip near Invergarry damaged the overhead line network.

pylon landslip

pylon landslip

Source: @GarethShader

Generators have been used to restore power following the landslip

Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) said that it was restoring supplies to the area using back up generators and power has now been restored to all customer by re-routing power from other parts of the network.

Images of the fallen pylon seem to suggest that that the slope failure was in the form of a mudslide.

Highland Council has said that around 9,000t on material has reached the road and blocked the route that connects Loch Garry to Kinloch Hourn near Kingie and the road will remain closed until the slope has been stabilised.

landlside invergarry

landlside invergarry

More than 9,000t of material has blocked the road that connects Loch Garry to Kinloch Hourn near Kingie

landslide invergarry 2

landslide invergarry 2

The landslide has cut off the Kinloch Hourn community

In a statement, SSEN said: “We received reports of the fault shortly after 9am on Monday and immediately started carrying out investigations. This included the deployment of a helicopter patrol, which identified damage to the overhead line network west of Invergarry caused by a landslip and significant rockfall. Due to the nature of the fault, supplies have been restored by re-routing power from other parts of the network, utilising back-up power stations and the deployment of mobile generation.

“Work to carry out repairs to the damaged line will take place as soon as essential safety checks have been concluded, including an assessment of rock stability and the risk of a further landslip in the area.”


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