Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Orion Responds To Fire Risk

Media statement - 29 January 2013

Orion Responds To Fire Risk

Electricity network company Orion has temporarily changed the way it operates its rural network to help minimise the risk of fire as the long dry spell in Canterbury continues.

Usually, a piece of equipment called a "recloser" automatically restores power to an overhead line after a momentary power cut. For instance, when a tree branch falls on a line in high winds it may cut power for a second or two. When the branch falls to the ground the recloser automatically reinstates the power to the line.

"Automatic reclosers are a great means of restoring power quickly. However, in extremely dry conditions such as those currently faced in Canterbury they can increase fire risk," says Orion chief executive Rob Jamieson.

"This is because every time they try to reinstate the power, they can create a spark."

Orion has shut down all automatic reclosers on its rural network and will manually check overhead lines to find the cause of any power cuts while the fire danger remains high.

"Unfortunately this means it will take longer to get the power back on, but we can't take the risk of starting a fire in the current conditions. We need to make a tradeoff between the risk of power cuts and the risk of fire, and at the moment we believe it's prudent to make this change," says Mr Jamieson.

As Orion can't guarantee that the power will stay on, it recommends that rural customers who rely on electricity for essential operations should have a generator available. For advice about safely connecting a generator to your property, call either Orion on 03 363 9898 or your local electrician.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Internet: NZ Govt Lifts Target Speeds For Rural Broadband

The government has lifted its expectations on faster broadband speeds for rural New Zealand as it targets increased spending on research and development in the country's information and communications technology sector, which it sees as a key driver for export growth. More>>


Banks: Westpac Keeps Core Government Transactions Contract

The local arm of Westpac Banking Corp has kept its contract with the New Zealand government to provide core transactions, but will have to share peripheral services with its rivals. More>>


Science Investment Plan: Universities Welcome Statement

Universities New Zealand has welcomed the National Statement of Science Investment released by the Government today... this is a critical document as it sets out the Government’s ten-year strategic direction that will guide future investment in New Zealand’s science system. More>>


Scouring: Cavalier Merger Would Extract 'Monopoly Rents' - Godfrey Hirst

A merger of Cavalier Wool Holdings and New Zealand Wool Services International's two wool scouring operations would create a monopoly, says carpet maker Godfrey Hirst. The Commerce Commission on Friday released its second draft determination on the merger, maintaining its view that the public benefits would outweigh the loss of competition. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: She Means Business

As Foreman says in her conclusion, this is a business book. It opens with a brief biographical section followed by a collection of interesting tips for entrepreneurs... More>>


Hourly Wage Gap Grows: Gender Pay Gap Still Fixed At Fourteen Percent

“The totally unchanged pay gap is a slap in the face for women, families and the economy,” says Coalition spokesperson, Angela McLeod. Even worse, Māori and Pacific women face an outrageous pay gap of 28% and 33% when compared with the pay packets of Pākehā men. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news