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Electricity project reaches halfway mark

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Taranaki contractors have reached the halfway stage of an $11 million ducting and electricity cable laying project in New Plymouth.

The 9.2km trenching job will eventually connect Powerco’s substation at Moturoa to national grid operator Transpower’s   grid exit point on Carrington St.

New Plymouth firm, Drillco, began work in October and progress had been aided by a brilliant spell of summer weather, Operations manager Adrian Mackay said.

“The hot weather was uncomfortable for the workers at times but we hope the settled spell continues,” he said.

Major obstacles on some parts of the route had been successfully negotiated including old and new services buried under city streets.

“We have appreciated the courtesy of drivers and the public in general. Our traffic management team is constantly concerned for the safety of our workers and for the safe passage through construction sites for the public.”

Drillco continued to work closely with the New Plymouth District Council with both traffic management and the location of underground utilities. To avoid disruption Drillco also worked with the council and Transit NZ to complete work outside primary schools during the school holidays.

Powerco General Manager of Service Delivery and System Operations Ian Skipworth said the new cabling was needed as Transpower planned to decommission its current supply point at Port Taranaki by 2020.

“Powerco has significant upgrading work to complete at the Moturoa substation as well,” he said.

A new transformer pad and oil containment system has been completed and work is due to start on the new switchgear building this month.

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