Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Orion continues to progress earthquake rebuild work

Orion continues to progress earthquake rebuild work

After suffering severe quake damage to its electricity network, Orion continues to make excellent progress on restoring network resilience and reliability.

Orion CEO, Rob Jamieson, says "the most important thing for Orion is to keep the power on and reduce the risk of long power cuts, particularly to those communities still vulnerable and suffering since the earthquakes."

"To achieve that, we're undertaking a number of major projects which we aim to complete by 2019. We're on track to meet, and are confident of achieving, that date and remain totally focused on ensuring our community has a robust, resilient and reliable power supply."

One of the major projects Orion is undertaking to keep power on is laying new high voltage underground cable in Christchurch's north east. This includes cable that will connect the suburbs of Papanui, Harewood, Mashlands and New Brighton.

Other underground cables are being laid to replace the high voltage temporary overhead lines installed in the eastern suburbs post the earthquakes as an emergency measure. Orion can take these overhead lines down once the replacement cables are established underground.

Completion of the cables is linked with two key bridges in the area that are being replaced by SCIRT. The cables need to be attached to the bridges, at Gayhurst Road and Bridge Street, to cross the Avon River. The bridges repairs are taking longer than expected and as a result Orion will not be able to remove the overhead lines by December as it had previously hoped.

Mr Jamieson says "As a result of the bridge delays, the temporary overhead lines that run past approximately 400 homes in the eastern suburbs will remain in place for longer than hoped. This is to make sure there is a secure supply of power to thousands of households in the area. The overhead lines will be removed as soon as the underground cables are complete and commissioned."

"Given the bridge delays, the company is renewing its consent for the temporary lines, and we are keeping local communities informed of progress and revised timelines. Whilst unfortunate, such delays are not unexpected given the sheer scale of the rebuild, and overall progress by Orion on our rebuild is excellent."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Lest We Forget: ANZAC Day - WWI 100 Year Anniversary

The Governor-General, The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, will represent the people of New Zealand at the 2018 Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli. On Anzac Day, Dame Patsy will speak at the Joint New Zealand and Australian Dawn Service in Anzac Cove, and at the New Zealand Commemorative Service at Chunuk Bair later that morning... More>>


HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed?

Have Your Say - Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Thompson + Clark & Russia’s World Cup

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The GCSB’s Security Hang-Up With Russia

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed. More>>


PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in Europe for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>


Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>


Road Safety Summit: Actions To Improve Identified

The Local Government Road Safety Summit held last week identified actions that will lead to lasting changes to road safety in New Zealand, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>





Featured InfoPages