Key Transpower projects unaffected by Rio Tinto announcement

14 January 2021

Transpower confirms its work plan for the Clutha Upper Waitaki Lines Project (CUWLP) and the development of the new Transmission Pricing Methodology are unaffected by this morning’s announcement from Rio Tinto regarding the future of the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter.

Both projects will continue as planned. The CUWLP is scheduled for completion May 2022 while a new draft Transmission Pricing Methodology must be with the Electricity Authority by 30 June, 2021.

Transpower will also continue its Net Zero Grid Pathways work determining what further investments will be required to the grid to support the achievement of a net zero carbon economy.

Transpower will continue to maintain the transmission lines that supply the smelter.  


For further information, please contact:

Deborah Gray, Communications Manager, 021624170