Faultmen are busy restoring supply to about 570 Powerco customers in the Bay of Plenty, Wairarapa and Whanganui in the aftermath of Cyclone Cook.
Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said it was hoped to have most reconnected today although flooding and heavy ground was causing access problems in a couple of locations.
“Fortunately we avoided the brunt of the storm and the impact on our network was not as severe as anticipated,” he said.
“Te Puke suffered the worst damage with trees bringing down high voltage lines and affecting power supply to about 350 customers. Matakana Is was also affected with 180 customers out originally but we have been able to restore service to all but 20.”
Powerco is New Zealand’s second largest electricity utility and largest gas distribution utility with around 435,000 consumers connected to its networks. Powerco’s electricity networks are in Western Bay of Plenty, Thames, Coromandel, Eastern and Southern Waikato, Taranaki, Whanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu and the Wairarapa. Its gas pipeline networks are in Taranaki, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Wellington, Horowhenua, Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay.