New substation takes shape
The new $4.5m Ferguson substation is taking shape in central Palmerston North.
The substation is a key part of Powerco’s major electricity upgrade in the city to future proof the security of supply to the CBD and surrounding suburbs, Powerco’s general manager Service Delivery and System Operations, Ian Skipworth, said.
Palmerston North CBD is Powerco’s second largest central business district and the largest exclusively underground network on Powerco’s footprint.
The CBD upgrade is one of the largest network upgrades undertaken by Powerco and will take five years to complete.
This will be the first of the new-style fully enclosed substations built in Powerco’s Western region.
“We worked with the Palmerston North City Council when designing the new building’s external appearance to fit the urban planning expectations and requirements,” Mr Skipworth said.
Civil construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year when electrical contractors will start on the internal fit out.
The installation of ducting and cabling from Pascal St substation to Main St substation is complete.
Further project work on schedule in the near term includes installing new 33kV cables on the council’s new pedestrian/cycle bridge across the Manawatu River.
The final phase will involve the laying of underground cable and some overhead sections from the Linton grid exit point to the bridge.
For this to happen a significant upgrade will occur at Transpower’s Linton site, he said.