Transpower today began the procurement process for new Grid Service Contracts with the release of a Registration of Interest (ROI).
The existing long-term contracts to provide regional services to maintain and develop the national electricity transmission grid are coming to an end in 2022.
Transpower GM Grid Delivery Mark Ryall said the Grid Service Contracts, beginning in August 2022, are essential to the grid of New Zealand’s future.
“The entire transmission sector is entering a busy, transformational period with the electrification of Aotearoa’s economy. Through this tender process, Transpower is seeking a community of service providers to partner with us, to help deliver the future we are planning for,” Mark said.
The Grid Service Contract tender offers six new Regional Service Contracts and eight Specialist Service Contracts. Collectively they present a likely value of more than $2 billion over 10 years.
“Transpower has taken the opportunity to review our contracts and the arrangement of how work on the grid is carried out. Technology and the forecast for electrification have advanced rapidly in the ten years the existing contracts have been in place, and we are now fielding a fast-growing number of enquiries for connecting new renewable generation to the system,” Mark said.
“Reviewing the arrangement of these contracts has also allowed Transpower to ensure they offer long-term, sustainable work for service providers, and enable them to develop, retain and invest in the highly skilled workforce that is so critical to this essential service.
“The new contracts will place the transmission industry in a strong position as we prepare for a bright and busy future.”
The ROI can be found on GETS, the Government Electronic Tenders Service at www.gets.govt.nz.
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