A power cut to nearly 10,000 households in Tauranga that was caused by a wayward cat is unlikely to be repeated with an upgrade of the affected substation underway.
The power cut, on July 29, occurred when a cat climbed onto outdoor electrical switchgear at the Otumoetai Road substation, affecting households in Greerton, Otumoetai, Matua and Bethlehem.
The $1.9 million upgrade, which was planned prior to the incident, will see electrical equipment modernised and switchgear housed indoors.
The installation of the new equipment will reinforce and bolster the Otumoetai/Matua supply, while enhancing the amenity of the area.
“The aim of the upgrade was to improve the reliability of our service to Tauranga’s western suburbs, while also beautifying the area, which includes housing and a primary school,” Powerco Electricity Service Delivery Manager Dave Hammond says.
“While Powerco already has measures in place to prevent animals coming into contact with its electricity network, we hope that the upgrade will provide the community with extra assurance of its safety,” he adds.
The upgrade is scheduled to be completed by April next year.