Main­te­nance needed on power sup­ply

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS - By PETRICE TAR­RANT

Power out­ages are com­ing to Ti­rau and Pu­taruru.

Trans­power has ad­vised that power out­ages are required on Au­gust 31 and Septem­ber 7 in the Hin­uera area in­clud­ing Ti­rau, Pu­taruru and sur­round­ing ar­eas, to re­place a crit­i­cal piece of elec­tri­cal equip­ment con­nect­ing to the Hin­uera sub­sta­tion.

Hin­uera is sup­plied from a sin­gle 110 kV trans­mis­sion line from the Hin­uera sub­sta­tion, so the work can­not be un­der­taken while the power re­mains in ser­vice. Both out­ages will run from 9am to 1pm. Cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Re­becca Wil­son said that as part of its main­te­nance checks, Trans­power had re­cently dis­cov­ered that a piece of elec­tri­cal equip­ment that con­nects to the Hin­uera sub­sta­tion required ur­gent re­pair.

‘‘This work is required prior to the end of win­ter to en­sure we can main­tain re­li­a­bil­ity of power sup­ply to Hin­uera, Ti­rau, Mata­mata, Pu­taruru and the sur­round­ing ar­eas, and re­duce the like­li­hood of an un­planned, longer power out­age to the area. We will also take the op­por­tu­nity to un­der­take work on some equip­ment due for re­place­ment in the near future,’’ she said.

‘‘We recog­nise that there is no ideal time for the power to be switched off and apol­o­gise for any dis­rup­tion this may cause. We have worked with the lo­cal lines com­pany, Pow­erco, to try and find times that will be the least dis­rup­tive to the com­mu­nity, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion farm­ers’ milk­ing times, dairy fac­tory op­er­a­tions and the lo­cal busi­nesses that we recog­nise rely on hospi­tal­ity trade.

‘‘How­ever, it is im­por­tant to note that ar­eas with no backup sup­ply, like Hin­uera, do un­for­tu­nately ex­pe­ri­ence both un­planned and planned power out­ages from time to time, and this is re­flected in the trans­mis­sion pric­ing ar­range­ments reached with their lo­cal lines com­pany.

‘‘Peo­ple should re­mem­ber to treat power lines as live at all times dur­ing the planned out­age times as power could be re­stored at any time,’’ she said.

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