Nova Energy has received consent from the Otorohanga and Waikato councils in New Zealand to build and operate a 360MW gas-fired power station.
Nova Energy submitted consent applications to the two councils and results have been released after joint hearings involving independent commissioners.
It was also recommended that Transpower, which owns and maintains the national electricity grid for New Zealand, confirms arrangements to connect the new plant with its existing power transmission system.
To be built over an area of approximately 5.6ha at Kawhia Road in Waikato’s Otorohanga district, the gas-fired facility is expected to supply electricity particularly at times of peak demand. Gas will be obtained from the Maui pipeline, which runs near the project site.
The project will involve exhaust stacks up to 25m in height and three new power pylons.
Though there were several concerns about the impacts of the plant on the environment and local residents, council staff from the two councils believed that the concerns could be addressed through appropriate consent conditions.
After considering the views of all parties and the technical evidence, the commissioners for the Otorohanga District Council and the Waikato Regional Council have determined that resource consents for the project proposal should be granted.