Why is the upgrade needed?
We are partway through a major programme of much needed network investment that will continue for several years. As part of this, we are upgrading or ‘reconductoring’ a section of the network. Reconductoring is part of a significant investment in overhead power lines and will see the end-of-life cycle power lines replaced with new lines. In this case, the lines near the coast have been prioritised as they are usually impacted by the salt in the air. We are working to reduce the different types of conductors on the network, leading to a more consistent network and ultimately to a more reliable supply for our customers.
This project has been broken into four sections:
Section 1 (Complete)
We upgraded 1.8km of power lines (conductor) and replaced a number of power poles and cross arms down Allans Beach Road and Harrington Point Road (within the Portobello area).
Section 2 (Complete)
In Harwood, we have upgraded 2.3km of power lines (conductor), replaced several power poles and repaired or replaced transformer components.
Section 3 (Scheduled 2023)
Section 4 Part 1 (Complete)
We upgraded 3.6km of power lines (conductor), 16 power poles and a number of distribution switches between Harwood and Taiaroa Head, along Harrington Point Road and a number of side roads.
Section 4 Part 2 (Complete)
We upgraded 6km of power lines and replaced 35 power poles between Harwood and Harrington Point, and a number of side roads.
Thank you for your patience as we carry out this work. For more information, please contact us.