Significant new residential, commercial and industrial development are forecast in the Papamoa East area, including developments such as the Wairakei and Te Tumu residential growth areas, and the Rangiuru Business Park.  Tauranga’s Smart-Growth initiative has predicted that as many as 70,000 people will be living in the Eastern Corridor by 2051, including Te Puke.

Map showing indicative project area.

PTS’ sister company Independent Transmission Services Limited (ITS), is managing a project to establish a new transmission substation to cater for the future increase in electricity demand.

The substations will be built adjacent to the proposed Tauranga Eastern Link motorway.  A new double circuit 110kV transmission line approximately 10km long will connect the new substation to the National Grid, via a switching station to be constructed and owned by Transpower.

The new line and substation will reduce load on the existing Transpower Mt Maunganui Substation, increase reliability of supply, and provide for the eastern Papamoa area’s long term electricity needs for the future.

ITS has been investigating various route options and consulting with affected parties and the community over the last two  years, and is in the process of preparing to lodge a Notice of Requirement to designate the proposed new assets in the latter half of 2011.