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OVERVIEW

Powerco’s assets on York Rd, Taranaki were in poor condition and in need of an upgrade, having had little renewal work over the past 50 years.

Additionally, the voltage quality on the Cloton Road North feeder, which supplies power along the main road, also needed to be improved, and the likelihood of chicken sheds being built on the road meant three transformers needed to be installed.

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The challenge

To replace ageing assets and, anticipating growing industrial activity in the area, building up the network ahead of time so that customers in the area have a reliable and long-term power solution.

The solution

To upgrade equipment on York Rd, replacing 85 poles along 6.5km of road, reconductoring 3kms of lines and increasing voltage quality from 6.6kV to 11kV, to improve the reliability of power supply to customers.

In order to complete the work quickly and with minimum disruption to customers, we worked with a team of three service providers. Therefore, the project was completed in two weeks from 14-25 October 2019 with only six shutdowns required (whereas one service provider alone would have taken two-three months and a minimum of 17 shutdowns to complete).

The benefit

Upgraded equipment means residents have a more reliable power supply, reducing the number of unplanned outages.

Milestones

Completed

Project completed in two weeks.

Pole Preparation

Preparation of poles and equipment onsite, ready for the shutdowns in October.

First Meeting

First meeting of service providers to discuss project and minimising outages.
October 2019
September 2019
April 2019

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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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