A section of the gas network that supplies Newtown in Wellington is going underground.
Powerco will start work in May to replace the existing 40-year-old gas control station on the corner of Mein and Riddiford St with modern, underground equipment.
The existing above-ground control station is in a high profile location next to Newtown School and across the road from the Wellington Hospital site.
“This project will not only improve the visual appeal of the streetscape by replacing the above-ground pipe-work with modern, underground gas control technologies, but improve the reliability of the gas supply,” Powerco Gas Operations Manager Don Elers said.
The new underground equipment, which will also boost the supply to meet expected future demand for gas, will be located near the hospital’s Accident and Emergency entrance on Riddiford St.
“Modern control equipment is much more compact now. This enables us to put the equipment underground without the need for large maintenance chambers. The result is a much less obtrusive control station, reducing the risk of damage and interference, as well as being easier to maintain.”
Mr Elers said there would be some disruption to parking, vehicle and foot traffic around the Mein St and Riddiford St intersection while the work was being carried out. Powerco apologised for the inconvenience caused by the work, which was expected to be completed in July, he said.
“Unfortunately there will be some traffic disruption during this period, but we will be doing everything possible to minimise disruption and inconvenience. Please contact us if you have any concerns.”
Warner Construction is contracted to carry out the $750,000 project.