Powerco identified the need to increase capacity and provide a secure electricity supply to meet the future growth expected in the Morrinsville area. A 110 kV transmission line to Waihou Substation passes within 3km of Powerco’s existing Piako zone substation which was supplied from Waihou by Powerco’s 33 kV sub transmission network.
Edison was engaged by Powerco to manage and deliver the planning, consenting and enabling stages of the project, including the following aspects;
This work included evaluating suitable design options such as an overhead line versus underground cable, and identification of potential line routes.
Edison carried out the consultation with the affected property owners and secured options to progress to an easement.
Edison contributed technical input to Powerco’s environmental assessments to consider the impact of the proposed works. A preferred route was identified, and a Notice of Requirement was prepared and lodged with the Matamata Piako District Council for the 110 kV line route.
A designation was granted to Powerco enabling the design and construction of the line in conjunction with Transpower. The project was successfully delivered with Transpower being responsible for the construction of the 110 kV transmission line and substation primary plant, and Powerco responsible for the civil works on the substation site.
The new connection is the primary supply to Powerco’s Piako, Morrinsville, Farmer Road Tatua and Walton zone substations removing a significant portion of load from the previously near capacity Waihou substation.
Peter Armstrong, Powerco