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Power restored to Waihi and surrounding areas

Power restored to Waihi and surrounding areas

Posted November 01, 2019

Media Release: Powerco

Power was cut to about 1200 customers in and around Waihi today due to equipment damage on Powerco’s electricity network.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said customers lost power at 5.46am after two electricity cables feeding into the Waihi Substation tripped.

“We received reports of a loud noise and a bright flash. When our crews arrived they found the faulty device and started repairs to enable supply to be restored.

“We’re investigating why this occurred,” Mr Marsh said.

While the majority of affected customers’ power was restored during the morning, the remaining were reconnected by 2pm.

“We would like to thank the Waihi and surrounding communities for their patience while we replaced the damaged equipment and restored power. We’re sorry for any inconvenience the outages may have caused,” Mr Marsh said.

Powerco is New Zealand’s second largest electricity utility and gas distribution utility with around 1.1m customers (across 446,000 connections) 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.