Thou­sands still with­out gas af­ter ma­jor fail­ure

● Warn­ing some homes may not be re­con­nected un­til the week­end

The Scotsman - - AROUND SCOTLAND - By ANGUS HOWARTH

Thou­sands of peo­ple spent the night in homes with­out gas in freez­ing con­di­tions af­ter a fail­ure in the net­work.

Scot­tish Gas Net­work (SGN) is work­ing to re­store sup­plies to around 8,000 prop­er­ties af­ter the prob­lem started on Sun­day but said it could be sev­eral days be­fore sup­plies are re­stored to ev­ery­one.

Four­teen schools, nurs­eries and ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties in the

Falkirk area were closed on Mon­day due to the is­sue.

SGN has set up an in­for­ma­tion cen­tre at Camelon Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and said elec­tric hot plates and heaters are avail­able for res­i­dents with young chil­dren and vul­ner­a­ble and older peo­ple.

Engi­neers are go­ing door to door to turn off sup­plies in af­fected prop­er­ties and had vis­ited 3,000 homes by the end of Sun­day night.

In a state­ment, SGN said: “Thank you for your pa­tience so far. We ap­pre­ci­ate it’s not easy be­ing with­out your gas sup­ply in the cold weather and we’re do­ing all we can to get your gas back on as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“In the mean­time, we’re con­tin­u­ing to work closely with Falkirk Coun­cil and Po­lice Scot­land, as well as other lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, to sup­port the com­mu­nity – pri­ori­tis­ing those who are vul­ner­a­ble to make sure they’re well looked af­ter.”

More than 250 engi­neers are go­ing door-to-door to turn off gas sup­plies at the me­ter for safety rea­sons.

Falkirk Coun­cil said the ma­jor­ity of schools in the area, as well as Kin­naird Waters early learn­ing and child­care cen­tre, would re­open on Tues­day.

Bains­ford pri­mary school and nurs­ery class, Lar­bert early learn­ing and child­care cen­tre, and Kin­naird pri­mary school and This­tle Wing will re­main closed.

SGN has warned some homes could be with­out gas sup­plies un­til the week­end in the “worst-case sce­nario”. SGN spokesman De­nis Kerby said they were work­ing to re­store sup­plies as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“That might be a cou­ple of days but in terms of get­ting ev­ery­one back on, we’re look­ing at five days,” he said. “It could be up to Fri­day, it could even creep into the week­end - that is re­ally the worst-case sce­nario.”

The com­pany said a fault in a piece of equip­ment that reg­u­lates pres­sure in the gas net­work was to blame.

0 Scot­tish Gas Net­work have sup­plied elec­tric hot plates and heaters to res­i­dents with young chil­dren and vul­ner­a­ble and older peo­ple

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