'Power to Timaru’ cabling project

Timaru is set for a major electricity supply upgrade that will position the central business district, southern city and port for its industrial, commercial and domestic needs of the future.

'Power to Timaru’ in Alpine Energy Ltd’s cabling project

Industrial future provided for with major electrical upgrade across Timaru. Timaru is set for a major electricity supply upgrade that will position the central business district, southern city and port for its industrial, commercial and domestic needs of the future.

Electricity supply company Alpine Energy Ltd is preparing to upgrade the current 11 kV supply to 33 kV in a $10 million cabling and switching station project that will cross the city. In a project dubbed Power to Timaru, more than 36 kilometres of 1200 mm2 sheathed alloy cable will be laid in a continuous trench sector by sector from Transpower’s Timaru substation in Old North Road to Alpine’s new switching station in Heaton Street.

The main trenching work will begin on January 10 2011 and at the rate of 600 metres per week is scheduled to take 10 weeks. Some preliminary work will be carried out later this year.

Alpine Energy Ltd chief executive Andrew Tombs said the 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 supply.