The project which took two years to complete is a $10.5 million investment in the region.
The Wanaka upgrade consisted of three projects in one:
- Building a new switching substation that takes power from the national grid at Cromwell and then supplies it to the Wanaka and Camp Hill substations
- Installing a 66kV underground cable from Riverbank substation to the Wanaka substation
- Upgrading the overhead power lines along Riverbank Road to new high voltage lines
Aurora Energy CEO, Richard Fletcher, said the project would improve the security of supply for Wanaka and will allow future capacity upgrades. Electricity demand in Wanaka has increased in line with its growing population.
“The Wanaka upgrade is one of several network additions we are making to cater for future growth and ensure continuing safe and reliable power supply for the local community.”
Fletcher thanked everyone involved in the project especially project partners Electronet, Delta and Fulton Hogan.
“A project of this scale could not be achieved without the skill and contribution of our team in collaboration with our project partners.”
Queenstown Lakes District Councillor and Wanaka Community Board member Ross McRobie officiated at the event cutting the ribbon to declare the substation officially opened.