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Foreshore Bill no “threat” to electricity supply

29 July 2004

Foreshore Bill no “threat” to electricity supply

Transpower says that the Foreshore and Seabed Bill does not create a “threat” to New Zealand’s electricity supply.

Transpower General Manager National Grid David Laurie says the company’s submission to the select committee considering the Bill supported the clarification of ownership of the foreshore and seabed and the retention of the existing regulatory framework for the coastal marine area under the RMA, as the bill proposes.

“Transpower’s interest in the legislation relates specifically to the rules under which it operates the Cook Strait cable and transmission lines that cross the foreshore in various parts of the country.

“In our submission we indicated that it would be useful to clarify the legislation to ensure there is certainty over how customary activities may relate to Transpower’s existing rights and ability to operate, maintain and upgrade the national grid.”

David Laurie said that Transpower had proposed a number of amendments to the legislation that would provide certainty for the company going forward.

“The Bill does not create a threat to security of electricity supply, either now or in the future. The purpose of Transpower’s submission was simply to propose a number of amendments to provide an improved framework in which it can go about its business of managing the national grid,” concluded David Laurie.

ENDS


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