Safety concerns put to Aurora

Grady Cameron.
Grady Cameron.
Transpower expressed safety concerns over the way Aurora Energy used  Transpower’s South Dunedin substation site.

This comes as Aurora has signed a two-year lease on part of KiwiRail’s former Hillside Workshops because it required extra space for its accelerated programme to replace compromised poles across Otago.

Aurora Energy and Delta chief executive Grady Cameron did not respond to questions about whether it had landed itself in hot water with Transpower over the use of its site.

However, when asked about the issue, a spokeswoman for Transpower said in an email: "There have been a couple of instances where we have had discussions with Delta to ensure the management of our site to the appropriate safety standards that we like to keep on our network."

It provided access to its South Dunedin substation site for pole storage and overnight vehicle parking from December last year to assist it with its pole replacement programme.

The spokeswoman did not respond to a question over why it had discussions over the use of the site or a suggestion it was because Aurora and its sister company Delta had used the site for construction as opposed to just storage.

Mr Cameron said Aurora  took  a short-term lease on the Hillside Workshops site because of its pole replacement programme.

"We’ve done this as we required more space and covered work areas for the 15 teams currently working on the Aurora Energy fast-track pole programme in Dunedin. The former Hillside Workshops site provides that additional space and covered work areas that meet our current requirements."

He said Aurora and Delta had a long and collaborative relationship with Transpower and continued to lease and use its South Dunedin substation site for pole storage and overnight vehicle parking.

A KiwiRail spokesman said part of the Hillside site had been leased to Aurora for a two-year period from April 1, with a right of renewal for a further year.

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