WPD Update On Damaged Cable

CS Sovereign – the repair vessel where the jointing work will take place later this week, weather permitting. Images Courtesy of WPD.

CS Sovereign – the repair vessel where the jointing work will take place later this week, weather permitting. Images Courtesy of WPD.

Western Power Distribution (WPD) have issued an update with regards to the work being carried out to the damaged cable cable between the Isles of Scilly and the Mainland.

You can read the full update below.

The damaged cable as it was winched onto the repair vessel last week. Images Courtesy of WPD.

The damaged cable as it was winched onto the repair vessel last week. Images Courtesy of WPD.

"As many of you are aware, at the beginning of March the sub-marine cable feeding the Isles of Scilly was severely damaged by an unidentified boat. At the time of the incident, customers would have had a brief interruption to their supplies before the generators on the island restored electricity. This supply has been maintained throughout.

Since then, WPD has employed a specialist cable recovery vessel to investigate the damage and prepare a plan to carry out full repairs.

The damaged cable. Images Courtesy of WPD.

The damaged cable. Images Courtesy of WPD.

Unfortunately working at least 10 miles from land in the ocean, this repair is both complex and challenging as we have to work around tide times and deal with storm force gales.

The initial investigation stage is complete and we are now waiting for a settled phase of weather to commence the repairs, which we hope will be Friday (tomorrow)  this week.

We want to reassure our customers that there is a constant supply of fuel for the generators and we have provided an extra 2 megawatts of power through mobile generators should it be required.

We would like to thank you all for your patience and support as we work to restore this mains cable to the Isles."

We'll have further updates for you with regards to the work on the cable from WPD in the near future.