Waiuku’s streetscape will benefit from upgrades being completed by Counties Power, as a large section of network between King Street and Awhitu Road is being buried underground.
The project will see both high voltage and low voltage overhead lines, poles and network equipment removed in favour of new underground cables and switchgear.
Around 35 poles are being removed and Counties Power is also working with Chorus to facilitate the undergrounding of fibre and copper lines. “The equipment in that area was up for some improvement and enhancement given
its age and condition, so it made sense to consider investment in the context of a longer term plan for growth and development in Waiuku,” said
Counties Power Chief Executive Sheridan Broadbent.
“Undergrounding can drive a tenfold increase in construction cost, so normally we would replace or renew our network on a like-for-like
basis. “However on this occasion the urban environment and potential to work in with other infrastructure providers meant we had an opportunity
to underground the lines.”
Underground Services Manager Kahn Day is leading the implementation project for Counties Power. As a local resident, Kahn is focused on ensuring the project minimises inconvenience for Waiuku residents, while
improving the streetscape for everyone.
“We are working hard to keep the local customers informed of our progress,” noted Kahn. “I think most people appreciate having overhead lines placed underground and so far we have received really positive responses and support from local community members and our consumers.”
The project, which started in January, is scheduled to be completed