Waihi power supply restored

Contractors are in the final throes of repairing the damage to Waihi’s electricity network after a truck crash brought down three poles yesterday.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh says power was restored to the 130 customers affected by 8pm.

“It was a long day in trying, wet conditions as the damage was extensive.,” he said.

“The contractors had to replace the downed poles, realign other poles twisted under pressure as the others fell and repair or replace damaged lines and insulators.”

Underground cables at the crash site in Kenny St were also damaged and contractors were making final repairs to those this morning.

“Once that is done the network will be completely restored,” he says.

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.

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