Powerco contractors are dealing with a significant sized gas leak in Hastings after a pipe was damaged during maintenance work this morning.
Powerco Operations Manager (Gas) Don Elers said the site, on the corner of Orchard Rd and Murray Pl, had been cordoned off and fire crews were in attendance. Traffic restrictions had also been put in place.
“The leak is near the Hawke's Bay Hospital so all relevant emergency services such as ambulance and the rescue helicopter base have been alerted,” he said.
The gas main supplied a significant number of industrial customers who would be affected while repairs were made.
Contractors on site were working hard to bring the situation under control and get supply restored as soon as possible, Mr Elers said.