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OVERVIEW

The challenge

To replace 33kV and 11kV crossarms along a 4km stretch – East St and Kimbolton Rd in Feilding, while minimising impact on residents in the region.

The solution

A six hour maintenance shutdown was planned and completed.  The power was switched off at 9am, and the work was completed within the outage period without incident, and like clockwork.

 
  • About 800 customers in Feilding, and 200 in nearby Rangiwahia, went without power while the work was done. The one-day option was chosen as opposed to a series of planned outages over a number of weeks
  • The days’ success was testament to a unique team deployed for this one-day project:  meticulous planning by Powerco staff and the 50-strong team of Scanpower and Obertech (Powerworx) linesmen, Downer, Traffic Management Ltd and Donnelley’s
  • Scanpower’s Contracting general manager (Manawatu-Whanganui) Peter Cooper said “As far as shut downs go it was one out of the box” 

The benefit

New power supply assets in your region demonstrate Powerco’s commitment to regularly maintaining your community’s electricity network.

We’re committed to doing this with minimum disruption to your lifestyle.

Milestones

Construct new substation building

The first part of the South Waikato Grid Connection project is to replace the building - which doesn’t meet earthquake resilience standards - and upgrade the equipment at the Putaruru substation.

Route for new circuit between Arapuni and Putaruru confirmed

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Planned power cut during this period

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Construction of the circuit and new transformer at Putaruru substation

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FAQ

We strive to minimise impact in the design and placement of network infrastructure and we’re still planning and consulting on the route for the new circuit. The circuit will be a mix of overhead lines – which you will see, and underground cable – which you won’t see. You’ll also see a new building at our Putaruru substation, replacing the ageing existing building there.

We can never guarantee supply 100% of the time, however, the number and length of outages you experience will be reduced.  

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