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OVERVIEW

In April 2020 we began replacing 1.6km of three-phase underground electricity cabling connected to Powerco’s Baird Rd substation in Tokoroa.

The work, scheduled for late 2020, was fast-tracked after one phase of the existing cable –installed in the 1970s –had a number of failures.

Installation of the cable to replace the faulty phase was completed in May. The second and third-phase cables were installed over May andJune.

The new cable has increased the capacity to meet growing energy demand in Tokoroa.We’ll also be installing a new underground cable between our Baird Rd and Putaruru substations to further increase capacity and provide security of supply to both towns.

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The challenge
Growing energy demand in Tokoroa, and existing underground cables reaching capacity, and end of life.

The solution
Replace the three phase cable with new cabling – both renewing the asset and increasing capacity of supply

What this Means
Trench and duct 1.6km of three-phase cabling from Tokoroa’s Whakauru St Substation to the Baird Rd Substation.

Connect the new cabling to the Baird Rd Substation.
 
Install a new 11kV cable to increase capacity between Baird Rd substation and Putaruru substation, and provide resilience of power supply.
 

Milestones

Trenching and ducting for the new cables

Installation of cable to replace faulty phase

Installation of second and third phase cables

Installation of 11kV cable from Baird Rd to Putaruru

April - May 2020
May 2020
June 2020
Oct - Nov 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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