Community / Almost 1,300 households without power this afternoon

PEOPLE in the southend of Shetland still without electricity should have their power supply restored by 7pm tonight according to Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN).

A spokesperson for the utility said that in order to safely carry out essential repairs to poles in the Gulberwick area, engineers needed to temporarily turn off the power to customers between Sandwick and Sumburgh this afternoon.

“The power was turned off shortly after 1.30pm to 1,274 customers; we are currently in the process of restoring the power to the remaining 524 properties and we hope to have all supplies restored by 7pm,” the spokesperson said.

“We appreciate how important a safe and secure supply of electricity is for our customers and apologise for any inconvenience this temporary interruption may have caused, and we would like to assure everyone that our engineers worked to keep disruption to a minimum.”