SH 1 reopened north of Wellington following gas leak.


State Highway 1 North of Wellington near Paekakariki has been reopened following a gas leak earlier today during maintenance work on a mainline valve station adjacent to the highway.


As a safety first precaution, the faulty valve was effectively isolated by the pipeline’s owner, First Gas Ltd, and the highway was reduced to one lane by the New Zealand Fire Service.


While there was no immediate risk to the public, First Gas chose to err on the side of caution, says the company’s CEO, Paul Goodeve.


“We apologise for any traffic delays caused by the lane reduction,” says Mr. Goodeve. “As soon as the incident occurred, our repair crews worked very efficiently to isolate the faulty valve so traffic flows could return to normal before peak hour traffic started.”


The gas leak isolation at the Paekakariki North Mainline Valve Station didn’t result in any loss of gas supplies to the Wellington region. The First Gas land owner communication team has been contacting all landowners in the near vicinity of the incident to alert and update them on the situation.


“We’d like to thank the professional traffic management and incident co-ordination by the NZ Fire Service crews from Paekakariki, Paraparaumu, and Porirua, as well as the Wellington District Police team,” says Mr. Goodeve. “We thank everyone for their patience while we resolved the incident.”



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