Current Projects

Omakau Zone Substation Upgrade

Aurora Energy is upgrading the Omakau Zone Substation, and building a new substation with a larger transformer, with a greater supply capacity.

Location 

The project will take place at the new site for the Omakau Zone Substation, next to the Omakau stock yards on Lauder-Omakau Rd, State Highway 85. 

What is the project? 

Aurora Energy is upgrading the Omakau Zone Substation, and building a new substation with a larger transformer, with a greater supply capacity. Omakau Zone Substation supplies 690 customers in the area, with a network of 244km.  

This project will require a new substation at a different location, as the current substation on the Ida Valley-Omakau Road is in a flood risk area with no room for expansion. The upgraded substation will be relocated to a new site next to the Omakau stockyards on Lauder-Omakau Rd, State Highway 85.  

The current zone substation site on the Ida Valley-Omakau Road will be decommissioned and removed, apart from the surrounding power poles. We will keep you updated as the project progresses.   

Why is the upgrade needed? 

This project will not only replace ageing equipment but increase the reliability of electricity supply for Omakau and double the capacity of the substation, ensuring that it is adequate to meet the demand growth of the community.  

The new zone substation will be fully automated and will provide more options during planned and unplanned outages with four other ways to configure the network. A new generator for emergency power supply for short periods of time, and a mobile substation parking bay when the transformer is out of service will also reduce customer impact.  

We have additional projects coming up that will also help to improve the quality of supply.

Thank You

We thank the local community for their understanding and patience as 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 more information, please contact Aurora at 0800 22 00 05 or send us an enquiry at www.auroraenergy.co.nz/contact/send-enquiry/