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Power back on after earthquake

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Power has been restored to the majority of customers after yesterday's earthquake caused cuts to 5600 properties on Powerco's electricity network in the central North Island.

Powerco Acting Network Operations Manager Dean Stevenson said customers in and around Eketahuna, Alfredton, Palmerston North, Fielding and as far north as Manaia in Taranaki had been affected.

He said the damage was relatively minor and Powerco completed repairs to the high voltage network by 9pm last night.

“There are currently around 60 properties spread across the affected area without power. We are working to get power back on to the properties one or two at a time as we are down to situations where a fuse supplying a single property requires replacement or the property has sustained damage to the customer’s service line which needs to be repaired before we can safely reconnect supply.”

Mr Stevenson said anyone without power should contact their electricity retailer.

“Powerco will continue restoring supply to customers this morning and we are working through a detailed survey of all our significant sites in the affected areas to ensure we have a clear picture of the damage caused by the quake,” Mr Stevenson said.

Anyone seeing any damage to the network should keep themselves and their children well clear and report the damage to Powerco on 0800 272727.

Powerco expects to have all power back on this afternoon.
 

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