Residents urged to do their bit to reduce Natural Gas Usage
27 October 2011
Following Monday’s incident on the Maui Pipeline, residents north of Taranaki are now being encouraged to conserve natural gas while the pipeline is being repaired.
Gas supplies are continuing for the vast majority of Genesis Energy gas customers. So long as everybody affected by the Maui pipeline outage exercises restraint, the limited supply situation in the upper North Island should be manageable.
Vector, the pipeline operator, has a team of specialists working to get supply restored to as many business customers as possible. Vector said that "If everyone does their bit to reduce usage, then we can restore essential services and work towards getting other priority businesses back in action."
The main areas where residential customers can assist are -
- Hot water - keep your showers short, avoid using the bath and do cold water laundry washes instead of hot.
- Heating - turn off central heating, gas fires and gas heaters.
- Pool heating - turn off gas fired spa or swimming pool heating.
- Cooking - use alternatives such as electric ovens, microwave ovens and BBQing.
Gas services are available to residential customers, essential services and any customers that have been notified by their retailer. All other customers are required to stop using natural gas until further notice.
Please note that only customers on Natural Gas are being impacted by this incident. Any customers that are using LPG bottled gas are not affected.
If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Genesis Energy.