Mighty River Power/Taupo Maori get green light for Tahorakuri geothermal plant

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Local authorities have granted 17 resource consents to the Mighty River Power-Taupo Maori joint venture to build the at Tahorakuri, New Zealand. Located 25km north east of Taupo, the 110MW geothermal plant is expected to cost around NZ$400m (US$287m).

After concerns voiced about effects on the nearby Orakei Korako Geothermal System, which supports tourist operations, decision-makers believed that various conditions would help protect the system.

Environment Waikato commissioners Jeff Jones and David Roke said that they had taken into account the fact that the plant would create energy from a renewable source, cut greenhouse emissions and provide a significant economic opportunity for Maori.

The plan is expected to become operational before the winter of 2013.

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