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

 


Pot Shots Cause Power Outages, Public Safety Risk

Pot Shots Cause Power Outages, Public Safety Risk

Tuesday 26 February 2014 - It appears ‘pot shots’ at power poles were the cause of a recent power outage in a rural part of Havelock North last week.

In determining the cause of the outage, Unison Faultman Gerald Mulinder found a section of 11kV cable with ‘shot’ embedded in it, after noticing the possum guard on the pole was pock-marked.

Unison Chief Executive Officer, Ken Sutherland, said damaging power equipment created a risk to public safety, and urged the public to call the Police and Unison immediately should they witness a person damaging equipment.

“The safety of the public is paramount to Unison, and we are greatly concerned by situations such as these were damage occurs due to wilful or negligent behaviour.”

“Damaging any form of power equipment creates a risk to the public. In this case, damaging the insulation around the cable could have caused ‘arcing’, and could also result in power ‘leakage’ were electricity is conducted down the pole, livening the ground in the immediate area.”

Unison used mobile generators to supply power to the affected customers while the section of cable was replaced.

The matter was referred to the Police for further investigation.

-Ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Fossils: Ancient Penguins Lived Alongside Dinosaurs?

Penguins are much older than previously thought and their evolution probably dates back to the days of the dinosaurs, according to research on the fossilised leg bone and toes of a giant ancient penguin found in rocks near Waipara, North Canterbury. More>>

No Voda/Sky: Commission Declines Clearance For Merger

The Commerce Commission has declined to grant clearance for the proposed merger of Sky Network Television and Vodafone New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Power: IEA Report On New Zealand's Energy System

Outside of its largely low-carbon power sector, managing the economy’s energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions while still remaining competitive and growing remains a challenge. More>>

ALSO:

NASA: Seven Earth-Size Planets Around A Single Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Transport Case: Men Guilty Of Corruption And Bribery Will Spend Time In Jail

Two men who were found guilty of corruption and bribery in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) trial have been sentenced in the Auckland High Court today... The pair are guilty of corruption and bribery offences relating to more than $1 million of bribes which took place between 2005 and 2013 at Rodney District Council and Auckland Transport. More>>

ALSO:

Hager Raid: Westpac Wrong To Release Bank Records To Police

The Privacy Commissioner has censured Westpac Banking Corp for releasing without a court order more than 10 months of bank records belonging to the political activist and journalist Nicky Hager during a police investigation into leaked information published in Hager's 2014 pre-election book, 'Dirty Politics'. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news