Victoria Minister for Energy Michael O’Brien
Significant Power Outages Possible In Kerang
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Energy Michael O’Brien has called on people in Kerang, Cohuna, Swan Hill and their surrounding districts to prepare for possible wide scale Power Outages in the Region.
Mr. O’Brien said flood waters currently surrounded the Kerang High Voltage Terminal Station and threatened to breach its control room, despite the best efforts of emergency services and Power Authorities to create a system of levee banks and pumps to protect the facility.
“If the situation worsens, and flood waters rise further, the terminal station will be de-energised leaving close to 20,000 people without power. It is likely the power will be out for at least two days. I am advised that alternative energy supplies are unlikely in the short term.”
“This decision may have to be made with little or no further notice to households and businesses.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“People should therefore prepare now and make sure they have a torch, a phone that doesn’t rely on electricity such as a charged mobile and access to important contact numbers, including the faults number of their local power distributor (available on power bills).” Mr. O’Brien said.
“It is also important to check on elderly or vulnerable family, friends or neighbours. If the power is out for several days you could consider temporarily staying with family or friends outside the affected area.”
Mr. O’Brien said that if flood waters did breach levee banks around the terminal station and threaten its control room, de-energisation would take place quickly.
“De-energisation is necessary to ensure damage is limited so that power can be restored as quickly as possible. If it does not take place the damage caused by flood waters will result in longer outages.”
“This action is essential to ensure that once flood waters recede power can be restored as quickly as possible.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“Re-energisation will not occur until any waters in or threatening the terminal station control room have receded and checks are made to ensure it is safe and serviceable.”
“This is a difficult time for Victorian affected by this severe flooding, but early preparation will minimise the disruption that people face.” Mr. O’Brien said.
Important Phone Numbers:
- SES 132500
- VICSES 1300 VICSES (842 737)
- The Flood and Storm Information Line 1300 842 737
Local Electricity Distributor
- Powercor 132 412 (outer western suburbs and western Victoria). They can also be reached on the Faults and Emergencies number on your power bill
Victoria’s Gas Distribution Business Can Be Contacted On The Following Numbers:
- SP AusNet 136 707
- Jemena (Multinet Gas) 132 691
- Envestra (APA Group) 1800 676 300
People in affected regions should make immediate preparations. Victorians should have an energy plan and kit, which includes:
- Important contacts: Complete list of key phone number and keep it somewhere safe and easy to find in case of a power outage.
- Access to a phone: such as a charged mobile phone that doesn’t rely on electricity to operate.
- Alternative lighting: Such as candles or torches. Remember to keep naked flames away from flammable material and gas sources.
- Alternative cooking facilities and heating: Keep in mind that some gas appliances may still require electricity to operate them. Ensure gas connections on portable appliances are in good working order.
- A battery-powered radio: Stay tuned to news services to get updates on weather conditions and power outages.
- Access to fresh water: If you use electricity to run a water pump, make sure you have an alternative source for fresh water.
All Electrical Appliances should be unplugged and moved to an elevated position to prevent them getting wet. If you are leaving the property, turn off the power, water and gas at the meters.