Power cut to 300 residents

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 05:00 31/08/2012

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Alpine Energy is trying to determine the cause of an outage that left 300 residents in the Pareora area without power twice this week.

Chief executive Andrew Tombs said the latest incident occurred about 2.30pm yesterday, causing about 300 houses to lose power.

"A resident heard a ‘bang' and we're trying to investigate whether it is related [to the outage]. We still don't know the cause of the outage yet," he said.

Mr Tombs said that all but 40 of the affected houses had their power back on within the hour, and the rest followed soon after.

"There was a similar incident on Monday, which also saw 300 homes lose their power briefly. It is quite probable whatever caused that incident also caused this one," he said.

"Our first priority is to get all the houses back online safely, but we will debrief, and try to determine the cause."

Mr Tombs said recent outages in outlying areas of South Canterbury were more related to the month's unusually high rainfall.

"We were at the mercy of the elements.

"When that happens, there is not much you can do, other than try to safely get power back on," he said.

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