Aggreko aids Scottish Arran after storm fouls grid
Industrial and project power supplier steps in for civil emergency
Temporary power provider Aggreko has deployed a series of huge generators to southwestern Scotland after severe snow storms cut supply from the grid.
Two electricity pylons collapsed in Friday's storm under sheets of ice and snow - an unprecedented event, and one that cut the power to 20,000 people on the Kintyre peninsula and the Isle of Arran.
Following an unpromising assessment of the damage, Aggreko joined forces with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) to bring in emergency power generators by chartered ferry.
On Monday local councillor John Bruce told the BBC: "This is the fourth day and it was like watching, I suppose, an army exercise as those big generators from Aggreko came off the ferries.
"They're powering up the villages now, but we'll be without mains power I would say for weeks to come, rather than just days.”
As of Sunday night, 3500 homes in Kintyre and 1500 on Arran were still without power, but local hotels supplied with the generators have been acting as emergency centres.
The last time a storm brought down one of SSE’s pylons was during the 1987 hurricane.