Thank you from Alpine Energy and CEO

More than 36 km of cabling has been installed in 6km of trenches across Timaru from Old North Road to Heaton Street to expand capacity from 11 kV to 33 kV and deliver it to an area of the city to provides for the future growth . . .

Thank you from Alpine Energy and Chief Executive Andrew Tombs

Andrew-Tombs2Left: Alpine Energy Ltd chief executive Andrew Tombs holds a section of 33 kV cable similar to that which will be laid on a 6 km route across Timaru. He said the ‘Power to Timaru’ project, which had been in the pipeline for more than three years, was a forward thinking company approach to providing the region’s existing, new and developing industries within the Port of Timaru, and possible future industries, with a reliable electricity supply.

 

More than 36km of cabling has been installed in 6km of trenches across Timaru from Old North Road to Heaton Street to expand capacity from 11 kV to 33 kV and deliver it to an area of the city to provides for the future growth of our Central Business District, the Port of Timaru and new industries in the southern urban areas.

Three years in the planning, we called this $10 million upgrade “Power to Timaru” and the physical aspects of the project evolved since the start of this year.
The efficient completion of the project has been reached despite some significant setbacks caused by the Christchurch earthquake and some inclement weather.

Alpine Energy reassigned some staff and infrastructure to Orion power company in Christchurch to help that city recover from the disastrous earthquake.
That we have been able to complete our upgrade almost on time and under budget in these circumstances has been due in part to the wonderful co-operation we have received from the residents of Timaru, some of whom have had to put up with restricted access to their properties and detours and road closures in their neighbourhoods.
The support from the public has been outstanding. When visiting the various worksites across the city I have had members of the public come up to me to offer their support and co-operation.
Alpine Energy’s trenching contractors Paul Smith Earthmoving Ltd have also received a similar reception, some residents even offering their staff tea and scones, I am told.
Alpine Energy would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the public of Timaru.
While this project is for the benefit of the community and the region as a whole, the smooth and timely completion of it relied on many factors coming together as one for our company.
Despite some handicaps, we have achieved what history will show as a major step forward for our community. To those who have assisted, our grateful thanks.

Andrew Tombs
Chief Executive
Alpine Energy Ltd