Construction of the South Waikato National Grid Connection between Arapuni and Putāruru is well underway with Northpower taking advantage of continued good weather to pour concrete bases for the overhead section of the Connection that goes across private land.
With some of the farmland proving too hilly for concrete trucks to access, they’ve been using helicopters to deliver hoppers of concrete to pour into the bases – see the video below.
As the colder, wetter months set in, attention will turn to the more accessible parts of the Connection along road reserve.
The overhead poles will be bolted on in June once the bases have cured, and the conductor will be installed towards the end of the year.
Directional drilling for the cable sections of the Connection is also well underway, with work down Powerhouse Road where the Connection begins at Transpower’s Arapuni Substation continuing.
Tuesday, March 21, 2023The South Waikato National Grid Connection is now on load.View moreProject update
Stringing the lines
Thursday, November 03, 2022We're using helicopters to install lines for the South Waikato National Grid Connection. Road diversions and planned outages will be in place.View moreProject update
Making good progress
Wednesday, September 21, 2022Our contractors have been making good progress on construction of the South Waikato National Grid Connection between Arapuni and Putāruru.View moreProject update
Blessing our mahi
Tuesday, March 15, 2022We recently blessed the start of construction of the South Waikato National Grid Connection.View moreProject update
Thursday, February 03, 2022Construction of our $43m South Waikato National Grid Connection has begun.View moreProject update
Incorporating feedback to finalise the design
Friday, July 02, 2021We're incorporating feedback from the community, council and Iwi to finalise the design of our new circuit.View moreProject update
Finalising the route
Thursday, June 17, 2021We’re working towards finalising the detailed design.View moreProject update
Continuing our detailed design
Monday, March 22, 2021We’re continuing to work with the local community to finalise the route for our new circuit.View moreProject update
Working with you - route options
Tuesday, December 15, 2020We're working with residents to determine the route that part of the circuit will take.View more