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November 12, 2021

Kawerau I, New Zealand

By Carmen

Kawerau I is a 122.2MW geothermal power project. It is located in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. The project is currently active. It has been developed in multiple phases. Post completion of construction, the project got commissioned in 1989.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Geothermal 122.2 122.2 Active Bay of Plenty, New Zealand Eastland Energy; Mercury NZ

Description

The project was developed by Eastland Energy and Mercury NZ.

Kawerau I runs at a temperature of 250.

Development Status

The project got commissioned in 1989.

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Contractors Involved

Kawerau I (Kawerau 1) is equipped with Fuji Electric turbine. The phase consists of 1 turbine with 100MWe nameplate capacity.

Kawerau I (Kawerau Binary (TG1)) is equipped with Ormat Technologies turbines. The phase consists 2 turbines.

Kawerau I (Kawerau Binary (TG2)) is equipped with Ormat Technologies turbine. The phase consists of 1 turbine with 3.5MWe nameplate capacity.

Kawerau I (Kawerau KA24) is equipped with Ormat Industries turbine. The phase consists of 1 turbine with 8.3MWe nameplate capacity.

Kawerau I (Kawerau Tasman BP) is equipped with Ormat Industries turbine. The phase consists of 1 turbine with 8MWe nameplate capacity.

About Mercury NZ

Mercury NZ Ltd (Mercury), formerly Mighty River Power Ltd, is an integrated power company which generates, retails, and trades electricity. It produces power from hydro and geothermal sources. The company operates various power projects in South and North Islands. Mercury retails energy to homes, businesses and industrial customers across the country under GLOBUG and Bosco brands. It also provides advanced metering infrastructure and data services. In consonance with its shift to renewable sources, the company converted the majority of its vehicle fleet to electric or plug-in hybrid. The company has operational presence in Chile, Germany, Peru, the UK and Ireland. Mercury is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand.

Methodology

All power projects included in this report are drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center. The information regarding the project parameters is sourced through secondary information sources such as electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, developers, project proponent’s – news, deals and financial reporting, regulatory body, associations, government planning reports and publications. Wherever needed the information is further validated through primary from various stakeholders across the power value chain and professionals from leading players within the power sector.

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