Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks have provided an update on their operations and activities
The Covid-19 outbreak and the necessary social measures introduced by the Government are unprecedented in recent times and we know that for the customers and the communities we serve, this may lead to concerns about the essential services we all rely on. We are collaborating on a daily basis with UK and Scottish Governments and local authorities across our network to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of electricity.
In the absence of specific guidance and with companies understandably expected to use their judgement on what is critical, we are currently deeming critical activity to include work that is essential to the safe and reliable supply of electricity in the medium term, which includes meeting our regulatory obligations until the end of the coming winter. In conducting this critical work, there will be the need to be active on certain construction sites. We will continue to engage constructively with all relevant authorities, adapting our advice in line with what is clearly an evolving situation.
Whilst we are still present at some sites, all staff that can work remotely are now working from home, actively reducing the number of staff onsite. We are mindful of the current environment and our numbers and activities are much reduced as a consequence of this. For those based at site, increased hygiene and social distancing measures are being adhered to as per Scottish Government guidelines.
We will continue to work with our contract partners to ensure work is progressed safely and that we are sensitive to the needs and concerns of the communities that we serve. In the past weeks, we have already introduced significant measures to protect our staff, support colleagues and communities they are working in. We are ensuring we apply the necessary mitigation with our safety guidelines.
We are regularly reviewing our position across all our construction projects to ensure they align with the latest guidance which is being issued from the Scottish Government and we will continue to keep all stakeholders informed as this progresses.