Power struggle for Ellon businesses

Lights out: Parts of the town centre were left without electricity for up to an hour on Tuesday morning.
Lights out: Parts of the town centre were left without electricity for up to an hour on Tuesday morning.

AROUND nine-hundred electricity customers in Ellon, including a number of businesses, suffered a series of power cuts on Tuesday morning.

The electricity supply was interrupted shortly after 11am to buildings to the east of Market Street, resulting in burglar alarms being activated and the traffic lights at the pedestrian crossing going off. Properties to the west side of the street, however, appeared to experience no interruption to their supply.

Although the electrical supply was resumed shortly afterwards, there was a further cut ten minutes later, before power was restored permanently shortly after 12 noon.

The cut resulted in a number of businesses seeing their operations disrupted in the run up to the busy lunchtime period. Lloyds TSB had to close their branch for a time, although staff were able to re-open the branch later in the afternoon. Other businesses were hindered as cash registers and credit card machines stopped working.

However, most managed to take the difficulty presented by the power cut in their stride. One such business was the Ythan Bakery, which staff said had experienced minimal disruption. “We used petty cash”, said one employee. “Although the power went off twice, it was only for a short time, so everything hot stayed hot. We just got on with it.”

The Times contacted Hydro Electric to find out what had caused the problem. A company spokesman confirmed an underground fault had occurred around 11am. “It’s our priority to get our customers reconnected as quickly as possible”, they said. “We got the vast majority back in 13 minutes, and everybody else an hour later. There was no damage to the network.”