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Streamlining our works

Upgrading our overhead network in Hunterville had its challenges.

To give customers a safer and more secure power supply, we needed to replace poles, crossarms and overhead lines along some remote roads in the area.

But narrow roads meant we needed traffic management and road closures in place so that crews could work safely and move equipment. At times, we had to use a helicopter to bring in large equipment.

The work also required 15 planned outages for various customers, which we know are never convenient.

By using three contractors – Obertech, Electrix and Downer – we were able to minimise the impact on customers and complete our work quickly and safely.

Each contractor was responsible for a separate stretch of the works, allowing maintenance to take place at the same time along the road, minimising the length of time it would take and reducing the impact on customers.

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The challenge

Conducting maintenance on overhead lines in a narrow and remote part of our network near Hunterville.

The solution

Engage three contractors to carry out the work simultaneously.  

The benefit

Minimise impact to customers, by carrying out the maintenance as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

Milestones

Preparation of poles and equipment on site.

Works complete.

March 2020
November 2020

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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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