Wellingtonians urged to report any smell of gas - update 2

Monday, July 22, 2013

Powerco has received five gas call-outs since the 6.5 earthquake struck Wellington.

Powerco is urging Wellingtonians to report any smell of gas by calling 0800 111 848 or calling 111 following yesterday’s earthquake.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said the company had received five gas call-outs since the 6.5 earthquake struck yesterday but urged people to be cautious.

“All five call-outs have been situations there has been no fault on the distribution network but a minor issue on the customer’s property which needs to be addressed. All sites involved have been made safe,” Mr Marsh said.

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

Mr Marsh said the majority of Powerco’s gas network in Wellington was constructed of polyethylene pipe which was highly flexible and 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 staff and contractors were undertaking site inspections of all key gas distribution assets around the Capital following the quake and Mr Marsh said he expected this work would be completed by 6pm tomorrow.

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