Contact to Start Drilling Geothermal Wells

Contact Energy has announced that it is preparing the drilling sites for two geothermal production wells for its new binary electricity generation plant in the Tauhara geothermal field in New Zealand. The new plant will be powered with geothermal steam and fluid from the Tauhara geothermal field, with all used geothermal fluid reinjected back into the edge of the steamfield.

The cost of the project is expected to be around NZ$75 million (US$58 million) in total, including production wells, reinjection wells and associated pipework, and Contact expects the plant to be constructed quickly and with minimal disruption to surrounding businesses and neighbours plans. The company plans on commissioning the project late next year.

“While this is a relatively small generation plant for which we already hold resource consents it will provide enough renewable electricity to power up to 20,000 homes,” said Murray Stanley, Contact’s geothermal generation manager.
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