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Gas consumers warned to seek expert advice and help

Energy Safety has been informed that there have been gas customers considering switching from natural gas to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) following the announcement of the incident on the Maui gas pipeline in North Taranaki yesterday.

If consumers have concerns about gas supply, they should talk to their gas retailer. Residential consumers have not been asked to turn off their natural gas, and as of today, gas has been restored to essential users. Customers are, however, urged to use gas sparingly in order to conserve supply for essential services.

Should a consumer be considering switching to LPG, they should contact a licensed gasfitter or their gas retailer for advice first.

It is not as simple as hooking up a gas bottle as some consumers appear to think. Installations and appliances set up to run on natural gas require significant modification to operate safely on LPG. In many cases this will involve replacing burner components. In some cases it may not be practicable to change.  To switch, a licensed gasfitter should be engaged.

 

For further information please contact

Tracy Dillimore, Senior Advisor Communications
Ph: 04 474 2194 or 021 451 617