Making good progress
Our contractors have been making good progress on construction of the South Waikato National Grid Connection between Arapuni and Putāruru.
At the Arapuni-end where the connection begins, we’ve completed the installation of the cable along Powerhouse Road, which leads down to Transpower’s Arapuni Substation.
53 of 71 of the poles to support the overhead line section have been erected, and 1.8km of 110kV cable has been installed for the underground section. Installation of the cable ducting and construction of the joint bay at our Putāruru Substation where the connection ends is well underway.
See the map below for an overview of where the connection is going.
Traffic management has been in place to allow the teams to work safely. A big ‘thank you’ to residents and road users for your patience while this work is carried out. We know lane closures are not convenient, and we’re doing our best to minimise the disruption to you.
Watch our video below for more information about the progress of this project.
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
Thursday, May 05, 2022We've been using helicopters to help with the construction of the South Waikato National Grid Connection.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