More than 1,000 properties in Aberdeen were hit a power cut this morning after a power cable was cut accidentally by a council worker during work on traffic lights.
The SSEN said that initially 1,066 properties were affected in the Springhill and surrounding areas. Around 112 customers in the Sheddocksley are still affected.
The engineers are en route and look to have the power restored by 13:00, thank you for your patience.
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Ian Pow, an eyewitness, was visiting his mother in the area when the power went out and” house alarms started going off” in the area.
He said: “I went out to investigate and saw that a main power cable had been dredged up just outside the junction of Skye Road and Lang Stracht.”
A Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) spokeswoman said: “Our engineers were alerted to a fault on the electricity network serving Springhill and surrounding areas of Aberdeen at 10:09am this morning.
“This power cut initially affected 1,066 properties in the area. We have managed to restore power to the majority of our customers, with 112 customers in Bressay Brae, Samphrey Road, Cava Close and Fara Close still affected.
“This power cut has been caused by an underground cable fault in the area. We are estimating power to be restored to the remaining 112 customers by 1:00pm today by a generator while the underground cable fault is fully repaired.
“These 112 customers may experience a short interruption to supplies once the fault is fixed when we switch them from temporary generation back on to our main network.
“We would like to apologise to our customers in Aberdeen for the inconvenience caused, and thank them for their patience, as our engineers work to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.”
An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “A staff member working on installing traffic lights at the junction with Lang Stracht and Skye Road inadvertently cut through an underground power cable which was not at the anticipated under-road depth.
“SSEN was called and their engineers are on site to restore the power. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.”