Unison Welcomes Transpower's $5.5 Million Upgrade for Hawke's Bay

June 30, 2017 01:39 PM

Unison Group Chief Executive, Ken Sutherland says Transpower’s announcement that it will spend $5.5 million on upgrading the power supply into the Hawke’s Bay is good news.

“Hawke’s Bay customers have been impacted by several significant weather events in the past few years, such as snow storms, severe winds, and lightning strikes. “These upgrades will help to improve the reliability and resilience of power supply for customers when faced with uncontrollable weather events, which we’re seeing more often,” says Mr Sutherland.

As well as working closely with Transpower on improving the reliability and resilience of their transmission network into Hawke’s Bay, Unison has been improving the resilience of its local distribution network.

Over the past 12 months, this has included upgrading key substations, undergrounding the assets for key feeders, and developing a more proactive vegetation management strategy to minimise the impact of trees, branches and debris on the network during strong winds.

Work by Transpower will begin at Redclyffe substation in September and on the transmission line from Wairakei to Whirinaki between March-May 2018.

Transpower’s media release is available here: https://www.transpower.co.nz/news/transpower-begin-work-improve-power-supply-hawkes-bay-0 

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For more information, contact:
Danny Gough
Unison Relationship Manager
021 739 461