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New projects in New Zealand could make region energy self-sufficient

Ngawha geothermal plant (source: Ormat)
Francisco Rojas 29 Jul 2015

Top Energy: "A tripling of Ngawha power station's output could make the Far North self-sufficient in electricity and create up to 200 new jobs"

New Zealand has led an impressive path in renewable and geothermal development in the last decade and this development could soon start paying off, specially in the Far North.

According to local news, the development of geothermal power could translate into energy self-sufficiency for the northern territories of NZ.

“A tripling of Ngawha power station’s output could make the Far North self-sufficient in electricity and create up to 200 new jobs,” a Top Energy boss says.

This is certainly exceptional news and Top Energy has been adamant to move forward with the expansion of geothermal power development. There are concerns that local geothermal resources might suffer but Top Energy states that they have taken special care to monitor and ensure that reservoirs are and will remain unaffected.

The same news source states that “Top Energy is likely to use the same Israeli firm that designed the first two plants, though that will depend on price because it is no longer the only producer of power plants suitable for Ngawha’s conditions.”

Within a month, the commissioners looking at Top Energy’s expansion plans will produce a verdict.

Source: The Northern Advocate