Recommended NZ | Guide to Money | Gimme: Competitions - Giveaways

Transpower Welcomes Approval For Wairakei Ring

Contributor:
Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media
Transpower Welcomes Approval For Wairakei Ring

12 March 2009 - Transpower has welcomed the Electricity Commission's final decision to approve the Wairakei Ring Reinforcement project.

The proposed project, worth up to $141 million, involves building a new 220 kV double-circuit transmission line, which is along a similar route between Wairakei and Whakamaru, by 2013 and removing the existing Wairakei to Whakamaru B line (running along Poihipi Road). The new line will help facilitate the connection of up to 1000 MW of new generation expected in the region over the next 5-7 years.

Transpower's Chief Executive Patrick Strange said the final Grid Upgrade Plan, submitted to the Electricity Commission at the end of last year, followed an extensive consultation process with both the industry and potentially affected communities.

"It has been a test case for us. We wanted to be more open with the community on the need for the investment and the options that we were considering at an earlier stage than we have achieved in other projects. This meant letting people know what we were doing at each step of the way and getting their feedback to help us make a final decision on what form that investment would take.

"We have now adopted the same approach for similar projects that we have on our books."

Now that final approval from the Electricity Commission has been received, Transpower will begin the 18 month process to determine exactly where the new line will go. This will also involve several stages of consultation with potentially affected communities, as well as specialist technical engineering and environmental investigations.

All articles and comments on Voxy.co.nz have been submitted by our community of users. Please notify us through our contact form if you believe an item on this site breaches our community guidelines.