Robust and efficient alternatives assessment and consenting process gets a project commissioned on time
Rather than relocate a transmission line in Transmission Gully, Transpower decided to remove the existing line and install a new 220kV connection in another location.
Transpower commissioned our planners, landscape architects and ecologists to do an “alternatives assessment” and prepare the necessary documentation to obtain the Resource Management Act approvals for a new 220kV connection to Paraparaumu. This work had to be completed within a very tight timeframe to meet a project deadline associated with the Transmission Gully Motorway project.
Working with Transpower, we led a transmission options evaluation process to determine the preferred option. This step was followed by a site and route selection process for the new 220kV transmission line. A key feature of this work was a multi-disciplinary approach identifying opportunities and constraints for the siting of the new transmission line.
Following selection of the preferred option, our planners prepared the Notices of Requirement and resource consent applications. Our landscape planners prepared an assessment of the landscape and visual effects and our ecologists prepared an ecological impact assessment. Due to the short timeframe, targeted engagement occurred to address potential issues. The applications were publicly notified with the majority of submissions received in support.
The Notices of Requirement were confirmed and consents granted with no appeals. The efficient and expedient consent process enabled the new substation and transmission to be constructed and commissioned on time.
Transmission options and route selection process, assessment of landscape and visual effects, ecological impact assessment and Notice of Requirement/resource consent application and Assessment of Environmental Effects. Expert evidence to hearing. Detailed landscape plan.
|Client||Transpower New Zealand|
|Project team||Hamish Wesney|
|Worked with||AECOM, Southern Skies Environmental|
|Project date||2012 – 2013|