New substation commissioned at Tauriko industrial estate
Tauranga’s rapidly expanding Tauriko industrial estate now has an enhanced electricity supply with the recent commissioning of a new substation.
The exponential growth of the estate and the neighbouring residential development in recent years placed considerable pressure on Powerco’s existing network necessitating a $6 million upgrade project.
That included the new substation and undergrounding a new feed to it from Transpower’s grid exit point at Greerton.
Powerco’s general manager of asset management and network transformation, Ryno Verster, said after some early challenges the project went to plan and was delivered on target.
“It ran to a tight timeline but our contractors, Northpower responded to the challenge,” he said.
The substation has ample capacity for further expansion in the Tauriko valley and was currently running at 25% capacity.
“The two transformers will feed an 11,000 volt switchboard. Each has an independent 33kV feeder from Greerton which allows supply to continue if one transformer or its cable are out of action,” he said.
The Tauriko Business Estate is one of the biggest industrial parks in Australasia and comprises 200ha of developed lots.
The adjacent Lakes residential development of 1142 sections began in December 2012 and because of Tauranga’s population growth is expected to be completed next year – eight years ahead of original estimates.