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Council Support For Fanshawe St Cables

June 12, 2002

Transpower Gets Council Support For Fanshawe St Cables

Auckland City will allow two new high voltage cables to be laid under Fanshawe Street as part of a Transpower project to improve the security and reliability of the power supply to parts of Auckland and Northland.

The two 220 kV cables are part of the electricity network operator’s Powerlinks Project, and will be installed underground along Fanshawe St, from Hobson St substation westwards to Beaumont St.

The cables are part of a new circuit connecting Transpower’s Penrose substation with one further north in Albany, passing through the central business district, and across the harbour bridge.

Studies of the power needs of the Auckland and Northland regions have shown that the present supply network, which loops around the top of the Waitemata via overhead pylons, will reach capacity load within a few years. Transpower has determined that it must have additional capacity in place and operating by 2006, and for this reason is undertaking the Powerlinks Project.

The chairman of the Works Committee, Councillor Bill Christian, says that having considered the detail of the Powerlinks Project and the imperative for it to proceed, council is prepared to allow Transpower to install the cable beneath Fanshawe Street.

“Council recognises the importance of the Powerlinks project to the regional economy, and its future growth and development. The new link serves from this area north to Cape Reinga, and so it has major national importance as well” said Cr Christian.

For this reason, Cr Christian says council is prepared to grant Transpower’s request to route the cable along Fanshawe street, provided steps are taken to minimise traffic disruption in the process. Council will look at the possibility of timing the cable installation to coincide with its plan to construct a bus lane on the northern side of Fanshawe Street.

However, recognising that the ratepayers and residents of Auckland City will have to put up with some degree of disruption, the Works Committee have invited Transpower’s board of directors to make a financial contribution towards a sculpture in the Viaduct Harbour Sculpture Walk.

“What Transpower is being asked to make is an expression of corporate goodwill. The idea of a donation was put forward by Councillor Carter, and was supported by the committee – we think it is totally appropriate way of giving Transpower the chance to thank Aucklanders for putting up with some inevitable degree of disruption,” says Councillor Christian.


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