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Undergrounding & Other Projects

Each year, we invest tens of millions of dollars on projects to upgrade assets, technology and information systems relating to our networks.

 
Growing for Auckland

We work closely with a number of companies on projects to meet Auckland growth demands.

One of our projects is to power the construction of the Waterview Tunnel, which will connect Auckland's North-Western and South-Western motorways. We have been upgrading the electricity network around Waterview so it can power the boring machine. The machine alone demands capacity that would supply up to 5,000 households.

We are also relocating gas network assets to make way for motorway junctions and reinforcing the electricity network to support further growth in this area and to power the tunnel when completed in 2016.

 

Electricity and gas in new subdivisions

We are working on new subdivisions where all of the infrastructure will be underground. This ensures a modern environment for these new dwellings.

Equipping the subdivisions with both gas and electricity provides choice and flexibility for new residents allowing them to take advantage of new energy technologies. Check out our electricity and gas pages to find out how to get these energy services into a new subdivision.

 

Undergrounding of power lines

Under our deed with our majority shareholder, Entrust (formerly known as Auckland Energy Consumer Trust - AECT), we have committed to spend $10.5 million a year on undergrounding and new technologies.

 

Selecting areas to underground

We use a number of criteria to select areas for undergrounding, including:

  • the condition of the lines and equipment in the area
  • performance history (capacity and outages)
  • the number of customers who will benefit
  • the level of other utility works planned for each area

Entrust was formed as part of reforms to the electricity industry in 1993 and represents electricity consumers that were served by the Auckland Electric Power Board (AEPB) in the former Auckland, Manukau and Papakura areas. Our deed with Entrust does not extend to the northern part of our network in the former North Shore, Waitakere and Rodney areas; we purchased this part of the network in 2002.

 

'Dig once' policy
Along with undergrounding power lines, we are working together with Auckland Transport and Chorus so other services are included at the same time to limit disruption.
 
This means areas may also benefit from new street lighting and undergrounded telephone services at the same time.
 

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2015/16 Pakuranga suburb
Wharua Road, Remuera
Mt St John Ave, Epsom
2014/15 Golf Road, Epsom
Queens Drive walkway, Oneroa
The Strand, Parnell
Waima Street, Newton
Seventh Ave, Waiheke
Pakuranga suburb (part completed)
2013/14 Meola Road, Westmere
Garnet Road, Westmere
Buckley Walkway, Epsom
Sandspit Road, Cockle Bay
Vickerman/Don, Flat Bush
Hattaway Ave, Bucklands Beach
Moana/Craig/Te Pene, Maraetai
Godden Cres, Mission Bay
Seaview Road, Remuera
Arney/Bassett, Remuera
Arthur Street, Freemans Bay
Mt. Smart/Mays, Onehunga
Hillside Cres North, Mt Eden
Waiatarua Road walkway, Remuera
Sentinel Road, Herne Bay
2012/13 Onehunga Mall, Onehunga
Jamaica Place, Blockhouse Bay
Neligan Ave, Kohimarama
Chinaman's Hill, Grey Lynn
Surrey Cres, Grey Lynn
Lynbrooke Ave, Blockhouse Bay
Victoria Ave North, Remuera
Victoria Ave South, Remuera
Hillside Crescent North, Mt Eden
Conway Road, Mt Eden
St James Street, CBD
Dunedin Street, St. Marys Bay
Old Mill Road, Westmere
Ocean View Road, Waiheke
2011/12 Margaret Street, Freemans Bay
Keith Ave, Remuera
Platina Street, Remuera
Belvedere Street, Epsom
Withiel Drive, Epsom
Randolph Street, Newton
Gill Crescent, Blockhouse Bay
Jamaica Place, Blockhouse Bay
2010/11 Manurewa suburb
Dingle Road, St. Heliers
Benbow Street, St. Heliers
Basque Road, Newton
Westwood Terrace, St Marys Bay
Bel Air Drive, Onehunga
Ryle Street, Freemans Bay
Gunson Street, Freemans Bay
Georgina Street, Freemans Bay
Wood Street, Freemans Bay