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Fuji Electric to supply turbine for 152 MW Tauhara geothermal plant, New Zealand

Fuji Electric to supply turbine for 152 MW Tauhara geothermal plant, New Zealand Installation of Fuji Electric turbine at geothermal plant, Iceland (source: Hreinn Hjartarson)
Alexander Richter 24 Feb 2021

Following the final go ahead for the project, Fuji Electric has been chosen to supply the complete geothermal power facility for the 152 MW Tauhara geothermal plant by Contact Energy in New Zealand.

Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. (TSE:6504) has announced that it has been awarded a contract from Sumitomo Corporation for a complete geothermal power facility, the Tauhara Geothermal Power Station in New Zealand. Sumitomo will act as the main EPC contractor of the project owned by Contact Energy, a major private-sector electricity generation utility in New Zealand. Sumitomo is headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo and led by President and CEO, Masayuki Hyodo.

The project recently got its final go ahead by project owner Contact Energy

The Tauhara geothermal power project is located near Lake Taupo in the center of New Zealand’s North Island. The planned output of the plant is 152 MW with an expected completion in 2023.

New Zealand is one of the top geothermal power producing countries in the world, with more than 1,000MW of active geothermal power generation. Tauhara is located in Taupo on the north island of New Zealand, about 280 kilometers south of Auckland. Contact plans to build the world’s largest single geothermal power unit, which is larger than the Nga Awa Purua geothermal power station, to which FE supplied the former largest single geothermal power unit, rated at 140MW.

Fuji Electric (FE) has been developing its geothermal power business since 1960, installing facilities in New Zealand, North and Central America, the Philippines, Iceland, Japan, and other areas around the world. FE is one of the most capable service providers for geothermal power projects in the world. FE has vast experience with total engineering of geothermal power plants and specialized design and manufacturing technology of geothermal steam turbines and generators, suitable for corrosive and heterogeneous geothermal resources. To date, FE has received orders for 84 units of geothermal steam turbines and generators with a combined installed capacity approaching 3,500 MW. FE is the global leader in geothermal steam turbine manufacturing, having received nearly 40% of all orders world-wide since 2000.

FE had been involved in four geothermal power projects in New Zealand in the past. With the completion of the Tauhara project, these facilities will be over 40% of all geothermal power development in New Zealand. As a front-runner in the geothermal power field, FE will continue to expand its geothermal business, supplying highly-efficient, clean power generation equipment and contributing to the realization of a decarbonized society the world over.

Source: Fuji Electric