and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has commenced the installation
of a new submarine electricity cable between Jura and Tayvallich, Argyll,
following a cable fault in November.
Necessary permissions from statutory authorities were received on 24 January
and, since then, a specialist marine vessel has been on standby awaiting
suitable weather conditions to carry out the end-to-end cable replacement.
Measures have also been put in place for social distancing and safe working
in relation to the coronavirus outbreak.
SSEN’s team has been working since first light this morning (Wednesday
25 March) to install the cable, with completion expected by Friday afternoon.
Upon successful installation, end-to-end testing will take place before
connecting the new cable to the electricity distribution network serving
Jura, Islay and Colonsay. Weather permitting, SSEN expects the new cable
to be in operation by early April.
The ongoing security of supply remains a key priority and SSEN would like
to reassure its customers that contingency measures are in place, including
the operation of Bowmore Power Station and local renewable generation,
to ensure a safe and secure supply of electricity to customers on the islands.