Taupo's energy industry unlocks training benefits for region's young people

10 December 2012

Budding young line mechanics were treated to the "in's and out's" of the electrical industry last week headed by the national grid owner and operator, Transpower NZ Ltd.

The information seminar attracted over 40 local recruits to discover the training and employment opportunities associated with the latest infrastructure developments in the region over the next few years.

Transpower’s Programme Delivery Manager, Robert Batters, told the group that Taupo has good long term opportunities for those looking to forge a career in the electrical industry.

“It’s important to realise that Taupo is a hub of geothermal generation in power for the North Island.  New generation coming on stream now like Te Mihi and Nga Tamariki, also means that jobs are created through construction and maintenance,” he said.

Transpower’s latest project, the Wairakei to Whakamaru Replacement line project, is on target to start building towers in the new year, with the award of a multimillion dollar tower erection contract to Electrix NZ. 

“Our project is a good example of supporting the growth of new generation in the region and delivering it to the national grid,” said Mr Batters.

The project involves building a new 220 kV transmission line between Wairakei and Whakamaru.

Electrix was also represented at the open day as well as Electricity Supply Industry Training Organisation (ESITO).

Both organisations are supportive and keen to facilitate training and employment opportunities in the Taupo region.

The Wairakei to Whakamaru Replacement Line project, which is expected to cost $141 million on completion, is expected to be commissioned in late 2013.