City streetlights back on
Residents of eerily blacked out Palmerston North streets had their lights restored on Monday night.
A number of city thoroughfares and side streets had been left in darkness for five evenings following last Wednesday‘s power failure.
After power was restored, the fault at the Transpower Bunnythorpe substation continued to affect areas of street lighting, with some lights remaining turned on during daylight, while others would not work at night.
Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh described the fault as ‘‘complex’’ and said Transpower and Powerco staff had worked to repair and restore it without further affecting the power supply to Manawatu’s electricity networks.
Marsh said work to the substation was completed on Sunday afternoon and Powerco then restored the automatic function of the affected lights manually.
The network had resumed normal operations at 11pm Sunday, and most of the affected lights were back on Monday night.
Marsh said the restoration had involved a team effort with Powerco staff working on the distribution network alongside Transpower staff.
Both companies apologised for any inconvenience the power failure and lighting shutdown had caused.
A fault at the Bunnythorpe substation blacked out city streets.