Wellingtonians urged to report any smell of gas #1

Friday, August 16, 2013

Powerco is urging Wellingtonians to report any smell of gas by calling 0800 111 848 or emergency services on 111 following today's earthquake.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said the company had received 11 gas callouts in the Wellington area since the 6.2 earthquake struck just after 2.30pm today and he urged people to be cautious.

“Safety is Powerco’s top priority and there is an increased likelihood of gas leaks following a tremor of this significance.”

He said the majority of Powerco’s gas network in Wellington was constructed of polyethylene pipe which was designed to handle the stress of ground movement.

“In these types of incidents pipework within properties can be damaged and cause gas leakage and if people notice a smell of gas in their homes they should turn off the gas at the meter outside their home and then call Powerco without delay.”

“Powerco’s gas network has been designed to be resilient to earthquakes and we are simply wanting to remind the people of Wellington that if they smell gas they should remove themselves from the building, turn off the gas at the meter if possible and when they are safe contact Powerco on 0800 111 848 or if they can’t remember that number call 111,” he said.

Powerco is New Zealand’s second largest electricity and gas distribution utility with around 400,000 consumers connected to its networks. Powerco’s electricity networks are in Tauranga, Thames, Coromandel, Eastern and Southern Waikato, Taranaki, Wanganui, 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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