Scottish Power is stockpiling materials essential to its day to day operations, such as wooden poles, transformers, conductors and cables, as it prepares for a no-deal Brexit. The energy supplier, which is responsible for electricity transmission and distribution across Scotland and parts of England and Wales, is stocking up on vital equipment to ensure that the lights stay on should Brexit cause delays with imports. Scotland has vast tracks of countryside where low voltage electricity cables hang on wooden poles. As a result, when there are storms they can get blown down and need to be replaced, especially in the winter months, which are fast approaching. All of these poles are bought in from Scandinavia where the trees grow tall enough to be used for this purpose. The surplus materials are being stored in warehouses, the locations of which are kept secret to avoid theft.
Telegraph 31st Aug 2019 read more »