Tuesday 11 December 2018

International crews arrive to assist ESB in Storm Ophelia repairs

The specialist crews are from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man and France

ESB crew attend electricity cables on N11, Co Wicklow yesterday Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
ESB crew attend electricity cables on N11, Co Wicklow yesterday Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Specialist crews from a number of countries have arrived in Ireland to assist ESB Networks in restoring power to customers in the wake of Storm Ophelia.

Crews from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man and France have arrived and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD has met with them in Portlaoise prior to their dispatch around the country.

"I wanted to personally meet the international crews that have travelled to Ireland to assist ESB personnel to thank them on behalf of the Government and the Irish people for their support and expertise during our time in need as a result of Storm Ophelia.," stated Minister Naughten.

"I also want to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of ESB crews who have been working around the clock in hazardous conditions to restore power," added Minister Naughten.

According to the latest update from ESB Networks, 255,000 homes and business have been reconnected, which accounts for 70 per cent of those that lost power due to Storm Ophelia.

This morning, Bernardine Maloney from ESB, told RTE that 119,000 customers remain without power.

"We're hoping to have 90 per cent of customers restored by Saturday. It's field by field, pole by pole, house by house. It is going to take a little bit longer but we will be working flat out until we have everyone solved."

Ms Maloney added that Storm Brian may have some impact on the work.

"We're getting updates from Met Eireann. I don't know what the wind speeds are going to be. It's possible that it could hamper our men and women out in the field that are doing the work. We need to be conscious that if it's unsafe levels of wind they won't be able to work in those conditions."

People without power can check when their power will be restored either on powercheck.ie or they can call 1850372999.

The vast majority will have power reconnected within the next three days.

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