NZ power station plans

Plans for recommissioning the New Zealand Marsden B power station are surging ahead, despite the Government’s decision last week to build a new power plant in Hawkes Bay as well. Owner Mighty River Power hopes the oil-fired Marsden B will be ready by winter 2005. Resource consents are needed before work can begin on rebuilding the chimney and installing new pipes and oil storage facilities. New control room electronics are also needed. The 250MW station was built near the Marsden Pt oil refinery, 37km SE of Whangarei, in the late 1970s but was mothballed before generating any electricity. The NZ Government has said it would also spend NZD 150 million on a new oil distillate-fired station, likely to be built at Whirinaki, on the site of an old, similar station that was dismantled. At the same time, Contact Energy has plans for a small station to be built alongside its plant at Otahuhu and fuelled with oil distillate or gas.

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