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OVERVIEW

Our Matamata network upgrade is complete

A classic case of community collaboration

The challenge

Powerco’s existing network in the Waikato town of Matamata needed attention to support reliability of power supply into the future.

The solution

A $6 million two-year development project was started this year. It involves:

  • Linking the town’s two substations with a 33kV underground cable.
  • Construction of a new substation on Tower Rd to replace the old substation built in 1928.

The Matamata development is a classic example of large companies and local councils working together for the benefit of everyone.

We met with Matamata-Piako District Council, and agreed the least disruptive route for the undergrounding of 2.3km of cable, linking our two substations, was through Centennial Park.

Our contractors completed the work on time, with minimal fuss – the park and walkways remained open throughout the job. This mitigated the impact of potential traffic delays in the town’s busy shopping centre.

Putting the cables underground is aesthetically important for a community that takes prides in its CBD, and surrounding streets.

The benefit

  • Strengthened security of power supply for the Matamata CBD, and surrounding region
  • Greater flexibility across the two substations reduces impacts on the community’s power supply caused by outages and regular network maintenance
  • A solution that supports the aesthetics of the community – combined with the undergrounding of cables, the modern design of the new substation allows it to blend in with neighbouring residential properties

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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