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Network projects

We're focused on improving the network by utilising technology, dealing to design issues, and replacing aging infrastructure.

  • $20m

    forecast to be invested in network improvements this year

  • $5.5m

    Waitete substation project complete

Demand for electricity on our network continues to grow. Farming, commercial and industrial business growth across the network, along with population increases predicted for northern areas, mean there’s more demand for power. We’ve planned for that and have a number of upgrades and other network investments underway to make sure our region is well positioned for future economic development opportunities.

Waitete Substation Project

The largest new build since the 1950s, the new Waitete substation is supporting increased commercial and residential growth in Te Kūiti.

At a cost of $5.5 million dollars, the new substation has delivered a modern, fit for purpose, zone substation providing a reliable supply for Te Kūiti for the next 20 – 30 years. The project was complete in March 2022.

Kuratau line renewal and substation upgrade

Between now and the end of 2021 we’re making around $1.4 million of improvements to the lines and substation servicing over 1600 of our customers on the western side of Lake Taupō.

This work is to increase supply reliability, reduce outages and speed up restoration time.

We’ve now completed stage two of our line renewal in and around the area. Stage three will be completed in late 2021, as part of this project we’ll be replacing the transformer at the Kuratau substation.