Powerco has invested $4 million to ensure its network can meet the growing electricity demand in Oakura, Okato and surrounding areas.
To accommodate the growth, a new substation has been built in Oakura and the main power line feeding into it will be upgraded.
Powerco Acting Electricity Operations Manager Phil Marsh said it had been estimated that a further 600 properties would be developed in the area over the next 20 years.
“The new substation project is a critical part of our long-term investment plans for Oakura and surrounding areas. It will significantly enhance security of electricity supply to around 3,800 customers in the area.”
He said a reliable supply of electricity underpinned economic confidence and growth, and Powerco was committed to ensuring Coastal Taranaki continued to grow and prosper.
Construction of the substation began in March 2013 and includes a 10MVA transformer. It will be supplied by an upgraded 33kV line, currently being operated at 11kV.
Mr Marsh said members of the public were invited to visit the substation on Thursday, 20 February between 4.30pm and 6pm. The site is on Surf Highway 45, just south of Oakura township.
“This is a major project for Powerco and we want to give members of the public an opportunity to see the new substation before it is commissioned.”
People who attend the open day will be able to complete a Powerco survey about planned power cuts and go into the draw to win a $3000 credit on their power bill.