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OVERVIEW

We’re replacing and upgrading Greytown’s electricity network.

This is so the community has a reliable power supply to meet residential and commercial growth, as well as helping avoid unplanned power outages in the future.

The work is being carried out in two phases.

Phase one, which began in late 2020, involved a $1.6 million upgrade of the electricity network in western Greytown and included the central business district.

Phase two begins in September 2021 and is a $550,000 programme of work to upgrade and maintain the power poles, crossarms, and rewire sections of power lines. It will take place in the eastern Greytown, in different locations to those in phase one.

So the work can be completed as quickly and efficiently as possible, a series of planned, intermittent power outages in eastern Greytown are scheduled to occur during September and October.

Your electricity retailer – the company you pay your power bill to – will notify you if an outage is planned for your address. Closer to the time, you can also check if the planned outages affect you by visiting here.

The challenge

To replace ageing assets to ensure customers, including businesses, in the area have a power supply that meets their needs now and in the future.

The solution

The delivery of $1.6 million of renewal work that involves upgrading and maintaining a variety of electrical equipment, including power poles, crossarms, and rewiring sections of power lines.

In order to complete the work quickly, a series of planned, intermittent power outages in and around Greytown occur during October, November and early December.

The benefit

Upgrading the electricity network in the town now, to allow for the growth occurring and a more reliable supply, will help avoid unplanned power outages in the long-term.

If you have any queries about this work, please contact a member of our team at customerexperience@powerco.co.nz

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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