Progress to restore power slowing
Media statement - for immediate release
12.00pm, Mon 16 Sept 2013 - next update at 5.00pm today
Progress to restore power slowing as contractors hit areas of extensive storm damage
The number of Orion customers without power this morning has reduced to 1,500 from the original 28,000 customers that lost electricity supply on Tuesday night due to gale force winds.
"As the work continues it has become clear that the damage to our network from trees is so extensive that there are numerous repairs needed with each repair typically restoring fewer than 20 customers", says Orion's CEO Rob Jamieson.
"This wind storm is proving far more damaging than any other wind storm event we have experienced in recent memory", continued Mr Jamieson.
"Contractors from throughout the South Island and Wellington have been assisting us since last Tuesday's violent storm. They have been working tirelessly to restore power as quickly and safely as they can, unfortunately the damage is such that some customers will remain without power for a few more days," said Mr Jamieson.
We appreciate the support and patience of those customers affected by the power outages and our contractors are making every effort to have power supplies restored as soon as possible.
We ask any residents using generators to get them installed by registered electricians to ensure the safety of the linesmen repairing the network. An incorrectly installed generator may send power back into the electrical network while it is being worked on by a linesman resulting in electrocution.
If you see a fallen power line, or a tree on a power line, please stay well clear and call us on 0800 363 9898.
Our next update will be at 5.00pm today.