Power pole and line removal

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The final stage of our $22.6 million, five-year electricity investment programme in Palmerston North has been completed.

The work involved the removal of about 3km of power lines and 50 poles between the Keith St and Main St substations – along parts of Keith St, SH3 and Main St.

The overhead power line was constructed in September 2016 to temporarily secure the electricity supply to Palmerston North’s CBD, following the failure of one of the three underground cables supplying the Main Street substation.

Since 2018, Powerco has been working on a series of major electricity upgrade projects for the Palmerston North community to expand, renew and rebalance its assets to ensure customers continue to have a secure electricity supply now and in the future. The most recent upgrade took place between June and August when larger capacity underground electricity cables were installed between our Ferguson and Main Street substations.

To allow the overhead line removal to be carried out safely, traffic management was requiredat times along parts of Keith St, SH3 and Main Street from mid-November. No power outages were planned for the work.   

Read the media release here.

Bird's eye view of Main St, Palmerston North, showing a work truck and cars.

A faultman in PPE winding up a power line on a large cable spool.