Following a competitive process, Unison Contracting Services has entered into a multi-year (up to five years) agreement with Aurora Energy to help deliver its network programme, starting 1 April 2019.
A wholly owned subsidiary of electricity distribution business, Unison Networks, Unison Contracting Services will carry out maintenance, renewal, and development work on Aurora Energy’s electricity network in Dunedin.
The agreement formalises the current working relationship between Unison Contracting Services and Aurora Energy, which began when Unison Contracting Services was selected to partner with Aurora Energy to undertake their Fast Track Pole Programme in 2016.
That programme focused on the replacement of overhead assets within the region and upon completion of their initial programme in December 2017, Unison Contracting Services was invited to remain in the area to assist Aurora Energy with other essential work.
“Unison Contracting Service’s performance and the positive relationships we built during that time positioned us well for a long-term partnership with Aurora Energy, which has been recognised by Unison Contracting Services being appointed as an additional service provider after a competitive process,” said Unison Networks Group Chief Executive, Ken Sutherland.
While Unison Contracting Services’ initial involvement with Aurora Energy was limited to overhead poles, the formalised agreement covers a much wider range of service provision, including design.
“The agreement we have reached with Aurora Energy exemplifies the capabilities of our group and our ability to collaborate and work with other Network Companies,” Mr Sutherland said.
Unison Contracting Services plans to build permanent capacity in Dunedin to efficiently meet the expanded scope of work covering maintenance, renewal and development work on Aurora Energy’s Dunedin Electricity Network.