COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Order 2020

Schedule 2 Clutha Upper Waitaki Lines Project (CUWLP)—Works and Workers’ Village

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Project referred to expert consenting panel

1 Name of project

The name of the project is the Clutha Upper Waitaki Lines Project (CUWLP)—Works and Workers’ Village (the project).

2 Authorised person

The authorised person for the project is Transpower New Zealand Limited.

3 Description of project

The scope of the project is—

(a)

to upgrade existing 220 kV electricity transmission lines and substations to increase the electricity transmission capacity between the Otago-Southland region and the Waitaki Valley; and

(b)

to undertake ancillary works required for the purpose of paragraph (a); and

(c)

to construct and use land for a temporary workers’ village.

4 Description of activities involved in project

(1)

The project may involve the following works:

(a)

works to strengthen or upgrade parts of the transmission loop (as defined in clause 5(1)), including works—

(i)

to duplex the lines between Roxburgh, Naseby, and Livingstone:

(ii)

to thermally upgrade the lines between Cromwell and Twizel:

(iii)

to duplex the lines between the Aviemore and Benmore substations:

(b)

for the purpose of the works described in paragraph (a), any of the following:

(i)

site development works, including earthworks, the trimming or removal of vegetation, and the placement of base course for wiring sites:

(ii)

works to strengthen and refurbish the foundations of towers, including earthworks, the trimming or removal of vegetation, abrasive blasting, and concrete placement and reinstatement:

(iii)

works to replace towers, including works to establish temporary towers and remove replaced towers:

(iv)

works to raise and strengthen existing towers:

(v)

works to provide for line separation requirements to be met, including mid-span earthworks and the trimming or removal of vegetation:

(vi)

works to relocate lines underground, upgrade transformers, and upgrade existing substations:

(vii)

works to establish a temporary workers’ village and its supporting infrastructure:

(viii)

works to remove the temporary workers’ village and remediate the site:

(c)

any other works that are—

(i)

associated with the works described in paragraphs (a) and (b); and

(ii)

within the scope of the project as described in clause 3 of this schedule.

(2)

In this clause,—

duplex, in relation to a line, means to add wires so that there are 2 in each phase of the line rather than 1

line means an electricity transmission or distribution line

thermally upgrade, in relation to a line, means to upgrade the capacity of the line’s wires to carry more electricity by operating at a higher temperature.

5 Approximate geographical location

(1)

The project’s works will occur along, and at places necessary for access to, the corridor of the existing transmission and distribution lines in the loop (the transmission loop) that—

(a)

goes north from Roxburgh through Naseby, Livingstone, the Waitaki Valley (including through the Aviemore, Benmore, Ōhau B, and Ōhau C hydro stations), and Twizel; and

(b)

goes south from Twizel through Cromwell and Clyde and back to Roxburgh.

(2)

The temporary workers’ village will be located near Ranfurly.

6 No further provision required

No further provision is necessary to give effect to decisions made by the Minister under section 24 of the Act in respect of the project.

Statement of reasons

This statement of reasons is published for the purposes of clause 4 of Schedule 3 of the Act

Having considered the application against the criteria in the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 (the Act) and the Act’s purpose, and having sought and considered written comments from the relevant Ministers, local authorities, and iwi authorities, the Minister for the Environment has accepted this application for referral for the following reasons:

  • the project offers employment and economic benefits for the Otago, Canterbury, and Southland regions; and

  • the project will progress faster than would otherwise be the case under the Resource Management Act 1991 standard processes; and

  • the project will result in a public benefit, particularly in relation to facilitating further renewable energy development, emissions reductions by increasing New Zealand’s total share of renewable energy, and increasing the resilience of the national electricity grid in the project area.