Tauhara Geothermal update
Our Waikato/BoP team have recently commenced construction of the Tauhara Geothermal Power Station in Taupō, which will have an electrical output of 152 MW.
Owned by Contact Energy Ltd, Tauhara is a renewable energy power station and can displace 450,000 tons of carbon emissions from fossil fuel generation, which is equivalent to removing over 200,000 petrol cars from New Zealand roads.
With partners Sumitomo Corporation and Fuji Electric, the project is expected to be complete and operational by mid 2023. Naylor Love are responsible for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction, which includes all civil, building and infrastructure works. This is a significant and complex project and is well resourced with a Site Management team supported by engineering, commercial and project control teams as required.
Our progress to date includes the establishment of the Site Construction Village, which will cater for Contact Energy, Sumitomo, Fuji Electric and Naylor Love staff. It features a large, covered meeting area and will have a dedicated catering team on site. We have also started on the piling for the turbine/generator hall and the earthworks and foundations for the cooling tower.
You may wonder about the colour of the base material for the cooling tower slab – it is red scoria, a volcanic rock sourced from the local area.