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.