Friday, February 21, 2014

New Zealand:

Ngawha Geothermal Plant to Expand by 100 MWe (New Zealand Herald)

Top Energy, the utility covering the northern most part of New Zealand’s North Island, is planning to expand its 25 MWe Ngawha geothermal plant in a move it says could attract businesses and create around 200 new jobs in the Kaikohe area.

It could produce an additional 100 MWe, enough electricity to power every household in the Far North and to export power south to the rest of Northland.

Top Energy plans to lodge a resource consent application in 2015 for additional Ormat binary power stations, very similar to the units currently at Ngawha. These could start generating electricity from as early as 2020 timing well with a forecasted increase in national demand for electricity.

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