Our mobile substation enables us to keep our customers' power on while we work.
The $2.2 million vehicle was built in Greymouth in 2019 and arrived in the North Island to start work on our electricity network in early 2020.
It allows us to bypass zone substations during planned maintenance and upgrades, which is more convenient for our customers as there are no planned outages to allow the work to go ahead.
From a safety perspective, using the mobile substation means our field crews no longer work near live equipment, and it removes the pressure to complete maintenance within a scheduled planned outage time.
Mobile substation snapshot
- Power bypasses zone substations and flows through the mobile
- Allows safe maintenance and installation work on zone substations
- No disruption during switching from normal supply to the mobile substation
- Eliminates the need for lengthy planned outages during substation work
- Can be deployed in the event of major unplanned substation faults
- Powerco maintains 115 zone substations on its network
- Mobile substation weighs 38 tonne and is 15.7m long
- Specifications allow unrestricted movement on New Zealand roads
- Engineered to withstand the shocks of road travel
- Trained team of contractors oversee each mobile installation
- Only takes a couple of days to set mobile up at most sites
Monday, July 31, 2023Our mobile substation has been keeping customers powered in the South Taranaki community of Eltham.View more
Whanganui benefits from mobile substation
Thursday, June 30, 2022Our Whanganui customers have been the latest to benefit from our mobile substation, which keeps customers' power on while we work.View more
Keeping rural Taranaki connected
Wednesday, March 31, 2021Taranaki communities in and around Douglas and Pātea have been the first to benefit from the mobile substation.View more
Mobile substation on the move
Wednesday, June 10, 2020View more