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Northpower Latest news & updates from around our Network Hikurangi Substation gets an upgrade Our Hikurangi substation was built back in the 1960's to service the small rural population at the time. Since then we've added new lines and new capacity as the population in the area has grown. The switchboard, which takes power from the substation to the seven feeders that supply the surrounding area, has been replaced with new equipment that is safer to operate and maintain. The building was extended to make room for the new switch board and the transformers have been installed with large concrete bunds as required for earthquake and environmental considerations. Fast forward to 2021 and some of the equipment including the transformer and switchboard had reached end of life, and were in need of replacement. The growth in the area also meant we needed to upgrade the substation with new larger transformers, doubling the capacity of the substation to meet current and future growth. This project will cost $4.8 million and has taken 12 months. The new transformer arrived on site last week and Old transformers from the 1950s and 1970s, supporting up to 2500 homes and businesses. it will be livened by the end of October. On the right - New 10MVA transformers, capable of supporting up to 5000 homes and businesses. You could save hundreds of dollars a year, just by switching your electricity retailer Powerswitch is a free and independent electricity and gas price comparison service run by Consumer NZ. You can go to powerswitch.org.nz, put in some information about your power use and get recommendations on the best electricity retailer for you with estimates on how much you could save - it's as easy as 1,2 3. 2 3 Tell us about your home View and compare prices Activate the switch process Takes less than 2 minutes Choose the cheapest plan for you The chosen retailer will be in touch PEWERSWITCH by consumer. Left: Old switchboard installed in the t89960's. Right: The new switchboard. General enquiries: 0800 66 78 47 northpower.com Find us on For power and hot water faults: 0800 10 40 40 Northpower Latest news & updates from around our Network Hikurangi Substation gets an upgrade Our Hikurangi substation was built back in the 1960's to service the small rural population at the time. Since then we've added new lines and new capacity as the population in the area has grown. The switchboard, which takes power from the substation to the seven feeders that supply the surrounding area, has been replaced with new equipment that is safer to operate and maintain. The building was extended to make room for the new switch board and the transformers have been installed with large concrete bunds as required for earthquake and environmental considerations. Fast forward to 2021 and some of the equipment including the transformer and switchboard had reached end of life, and were in need of replacement. The growth in the area also meant we needed to upgrade the substation with new larger transformers, doubling the capacity of the substation to meet current and future growth. This project will cost $4.8 million and has taken 12 months. The new transformer arrived on site last week and Old transformers from the 1950s and 1970s, supporting up to 2500 homes and businesses. it will be livened by the end of October. On the right - New 10MVA transformers, capable of supporting up to 5000 homes and businesses. You could save hundreds of dollars a year, just by switching your electricity retailer Powerswitch is a free and independent electricity and gas price comparison service run by Consumer NZ. You can go to powerswitch.org.nz, put in some information about your power use and get recommendations on the best electricity retailer for you with estimates on how much you could save - it's as easy as 1,2 3. 2 3 Tell us about your home View and compare prices Activate the switch process Takes less than 2 minutes Choose the cheapest plan for you The chosen retailer will be in touch PEWERSWITCH by consumer. Left: Old switchboard installed in the t89960's. Right: The new switchboard. General enquiries: 0800 66 78 47 northpower.com Find us on For power and hot water faults: 0800 10 40 40