Unison Contracting Services Limited (UCSL) is pleased to announce it has extended its multi-year field services agreement (FSA) with Dunedin-based lines company Aurora Energy, to continue to help deliver Aurora Energy’s network programme.
The extended arrangement, which comes into effect from 1 April 2024, will see UCSL continue to perform this work for at least another 4 years through to March 2028.
A subsidiary of the Unison Group of specialist energy solutions businesses, UCSL was first selected to partner with Aurora Energy in 2016 to undertake their Fast Track Pole Programme. Following completion of that programme in 2017, UCSL was invited to remain in the area and commenced a formal multi-year FSA in 2019 to carry out maintenance, renewal, and development work for Aurora Energy.
“Aurora Energy has made significant progress maintaining and upgrading critical assets across their network in recent years, and this extension reflects their confidence in the quality of work our UCSL crews deliver,” says Quentin Varcoe, Chief Executive Officer of UCSL.
“The extension with Aurora Energy exemplifies the capabilities of UCSL. It’s a point of pride for us to help Aurora Energy deliver its major work programme, and to foster collaboration among electricity distribution companies in New Zealand for the benefit of communities and the environment.”
UCSL has built permanent capacity in Dunedin to efficiently meet the expanded scope of work on Aurora Energy’s Dunedin network. Recently the UCSL team there has been instrumental in assisting Aurora Energy’s reconductor programme in various areas including Abbotsford, Brighton, Waitati, Pine Hill, Brockville, Bradford and the wider Taieri plain. In further recognition of their skill, the UCSL Dunedin team also won the Dismantle and Testing for Safety categories at the 2023 Connexis Annual Connection line mechanic competition.
“We are very happy to extend the contract with UCSL after a robust procurement process,” says Richard Fletcher, Chief Executive for Aurora Energy.
“Their contribution has been essential in making good progress on Aurora’s five year $563 investment programme to meet the future energy needs of their community.”
“As one of our core contracting partners, we have been impressed with the skills UCSL demonstrates and their dedication to quality. We value their recent work on the Aurora network and look forward to continuing this valuable partnership.”