Northern Powergrid has sent a team of 35 of its linesmen and engineers to offer vital support to restoration efforts by UK Power Networks and SP Energy Networks after Storm Doris caused significant damage to the overhead power networks in Cheshire, Merseyside, North Wales and East Anglia.
The teams, which came from the electricity distribution company’s operations in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, travelled early Friday morning to Norwich and Birkenhead where they were fully briefed before heading out into the electricity distributors’ operating areas to support the restoration efforts in the worst affected communities.
They will work over the next few days helping to repair overhead power lines damaged by Storm Doris as part of NEWSAC - a vital UK energy industry mutual aid agreement.
The agreement, which all UK electricity distribution companies have signed up to, aims to provide additional strength to engineering teams so power can be restored for customers as soon as possible when networks are damaged by severe weather such as the high winds seen during Storm Doris.
As part of the agreement all companies are able to issue a request to fellow electricity distribution network companies. The agreement demonstrates how the UK energy industry works together to improve the quality and response times during major incidents for the communities it serves.
Rod Gardner, Head of Network Operations at Northern Powergrid, which manages the electricity network in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, said: “Whilst Storm Doris did not have a major impact on our network, it did cause significant damage elsewhere in the UK.
“As soon as our operating area was clear of the severe weather, we quickly turned our attention to offering support to other industry colleagues. We wanted to offer assistance, through the expertise of our people, to help UK Power Networks and SP Energy Networks get the power back on for their customers as safely and quickly as possible and complete any necessary permanent repairs to their networks.
“We’re incredibly proud of our people and their work to support industry colleagues and help the communities that have been hit hardest by Storm Doris.”