Transformer reaches plant

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 05:00 14/06/2014

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A transformer to guarantee electricity supply at the New Zealand Aluminium Smelters plant at Tiwai Pt has been delivered.

The 160-tonne transformer, shipped from Hyosung in South Korea, is part of an $8 million capital project to replace the reduction lines standby transformer.

NZAS site electrical engineer Ken Bolger said rebuilding the transformer would take one month.

It will replace the original standby transformer, which had been operating for 45 years.

The transformer will be used when any of the other four reduction line transformers needed maintenance, so there would be no loss of production.

NZAS community relations officer Andrea Carson said the project gave NZAS the security of electricity supply.

NZAS was continuing to face difficult business conditions. While some 2013 on-hold projects had been re-activated, NZAS had only a modest capital budget for 2014.

The transformer was part of the $70 million capital spending halt in 2102, which was approved for restart following renegotiation of the power agreement.

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