With Spring nearly here, a crew of about 40 will return to Alexandra for the next stage of Transpower New Zealand’s ‘Clutha Upper Waitaki Lines Project’ (known as CUWLP) which is well underway between Roxburgh and Livingstone in the Otago/Waitaki region.
There are five parts to this project, with three parts already completed, and we are now focused on the Roxburgh to Livingstone section of the Roxburgh–Islington 220 kV line. This project is a big part of Transpower’s support to accelerate New Zealand’s shift to renewable electricity and will increase northward transmission capacity for New Zealand from around 600 MW at present to about 1,000 MW.
Transpower’s Clutha Upper Waitaki Lines Project director Roy Noble says to increase capacity between Roxburgh to Livingstone, Transpower is replacing the existing single wire with two wires known as ‘duplexing’ on our existing transmission lines.
The line route is 142km long, with 437 pylons requiring 900km of electrical wire installation which is as far as driving Alexandra to Christchurch and back again.
Stage 1 of the project began earlier this year, and was completed prior to winter.
The Stage 2 wiring programme begins in Alexandra in early October, with works expected to be completed in November.
Roy says crews will complete a 12.5km section through Alexandra, before moving north to work on the Naseby to Livingstone section (across Danseys Pass) between January and April 2022.
Our pylon foundation strengthening crews continue to work throughout the region, including from both ends of the Danseys Pass Road. The community can soon expect to see a number of light vehicles and heavy trucks in the area on a daily basis between Naseby to Livingstone. Transpower signage is visible at both entry points to Danseys Pass to alert people to take care, given the works activity and the narrow winding road.
The Clutha Upper Waitaki Lines Project is expected to be completed in May 2022.
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