Power restored to some in Northland after transmission tower collapse – Te Ao Māori News

Power is being partially restored in Northland after a 220kV transmission tower collapsed near Glorit at around 11am.

The tower, which carried two major circuits vital to Northland’s power supply, fell while a second transmission circuit was already out of service for planned maintenance, causing widespread outages.

Transpower is now investigating how quickly this circuit can be restored, while using a lower capacity 110 kV network to bring back as much power as possible.

It warns that full restoration will not be possible until at least one of the 220 kV circuits is back online.

To overcome the power shortage, local sources such as the Ngāwhā geothermal power plant are used.

Transpower has issued a grid emergency notice until tomorrow afternoon, after which more updates are expected.

A spokesperson for Transpower said: “At this stage we do not know what caused the tower to fall. There will be a full investigation, but our priority now is to restore power to the region.”

Residents should check Transpower’s website and Facebook page for updates.

More information about outages is available from local energy companies and retailers.

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