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OVERVIEW

To improve reliability of supply for customers and ensure there is sufficient capacity to meet growing demand, we’ve been working on several upgrade projects in the Inglewood area.

A summary of the work includes:

  • replacing poles and cross arms 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.

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The challenge

Ageing equipment in Inglewood, a growth area of the Taranaki region.

The solution

A series of projects to update ageing equipment and future-proof supply to meet growing demand.

The benefit

Reduced risk of outages for Inglewood customers, and enough capacity to serve businesses and homes now and in the future.

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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