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A modern network for the future

We’re carrying out a series of projects to update ageing equipment in Inglewood, a growth area of Taranaki.

This work, which includes replacing poles and crossarms and installing cables, will give our customers a reliable power supply and reduce the risk of outages.

It’s also a future-proof solution to meet the area’s growing electricity demand and will ensure there’s enough capacity to serve local businesses and homes into the future.

The upgrade includes:

  • replacing poles and crossarms to bring ageing equipment up to standard
  • replacing old 6.6kV line with 11kV line to increase capacity of supply
  • installing cable links between existing lines to re-distribute load and provide the ability to backfeed some areas in the event of outages
  • installing cable along Rata Street to remove the dual lines supplying Elliot and Carrington Streets, reducing the number of customers impacted should one source of supply experience a failure.

This project was fully completed at the end of April 2021 (weather delays and traffic restrictions with road works in Inglewood delayed the project, originally expected to be completed in January 2021).

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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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