Project status: Construction work is complete with commissioning scheduled for early 2020. The new cable runs from the Halfway Bush substation (near the Wakari dog park on Taieri Road), along Taieri Road and Stuart Street to end at the Smith Street Substation.

Why is the work needed?

The current gas-insulated cables that supply the Smith Street substation were installed in 1959 and have reached the end of their useful lifespan. They are experiencing increased failure rates and the ability to carry out the necessary repairs is diminishing over time.  The project will replace the existing cables with new ones manufactured using modern technologies and materials.

This will enable us to continue to provide reliable and safe electricity supply to the 2,700 homes, shops and businesses in an area from the Octagon to Highgate supplied by Smith St Substation.

The project is valued at $5.6 million and forms part of the overall sub-transmission redevelopment plan for Dunedin shown below:

Halfway Bush 1

What work is being done?

The new cable runs from the Halfway Bush substation (near the Wakari dog park on Taieri Road), along Taieri Road and Stuart Street to end at the Smith Street Substation. The work involves digging a trench in the road, in 50-metre sections at a time and installing underground ducting and cables. The section of open trench will be fenced at all times. Construction is planned to take place in stages between October 2018 and May 2019. Work will be carried out by our contractors Delta and Fulton Hogan.

Halfway Bush 2

Will construction affect residents?

Our contractors will work to minimise disruption to Dunedin residents, but the work will likely have an impact on traffic flow, parking and pedestrian access around the area where the work is being carried out. Traffic management will be in place to ensure your safety and that of our contractors.

The work is not expected to require any power outages. In the unlikely event that planned power outages are required to ensure the safety of our contractors you will receive individual notification from your electricity retailer advising the specific date and time in advance.

Halfway Bush 3

Your safety

Work of this kind can create a number of hazards. You can expect machinery and work vehicles to be operating on site so please keep well clear and stay outside the marked areas and always follow the direction of the work team. The work site will be secured at all times but caution should be exercised in the area regardless. Please warn children of the dangers and ensure they stay well back from the action.

Thank you

We thank the local community for their understanding and patience while we carry out this improvement work and apologise in advance for any inconvenience and disruption that may be caused.

More information and feedback

We welcome your feedback.

For enquiries about trenching work on the cable route, please contact Fulton Hogan Project Manager Dean Scott on 027 436 4628 or by email dean.scott@fultonhogan.com

For all other enquiries related to the project please contact Aurora Energy on 0800 22 00 05 or info@auroraenergy.co.nz