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Recognised as a stand out

A subsidiary business of community-owned South Canterbury lines company Alpine Energy has been recognised among Canterbury's leading exporters.

Infratec Ltd has been nominated in the Champion Global Operator Small Enterprise category in the 2016 Champion Canterbury Business Awards.

It joins Mackenzie firms High Country Salmon and Tekapo Springs on an awards shortlist drawn from 150 entries across eight categories.

The renewable technologies specialist has been active overseas in a raft of projects across Afghanistan and the South Pacific.

It last year completed a renewable energy project in Bamyan, Afghanistan, as part of the New Zealand government's international aid and development programme.

Infratec provided an off-grid sustainable power supply for about 2500 homes. Before that, the province was without any power.

Infratec has also rehabilitated Nauru's electricity distribution system by rebuilding the network through the supply and installation of overhead line equipment, switchgear, transformers and training local linemen.

Infratec General Manager-Business Development Luke van Zeller said the small team's projects were always about community, not just mechanical components.

Communities whose health and wellbeing were improved by its projects continued to acknowledge its work with updates and photographs.

Infratec, formerly Infratec Renewables, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NETcon Limited, Alpine Energy's asset maintenance company.

Also in its category are health and social care information technology company Frame Healthcare and international design company Redesign Group.

[Source: Stuff - The Timaru Herald - Stu Oldham]