Potential New Developments

There are a number of potential developments, with two new generation projects currently (2018) under construction.  TAOM (link) (Eastland Energy and A8D Trust) is a 26 MWe Ormat, 2-phase binary plant currently commissioning.  Ngawha (link) C (Top Energy) is a 27 MWe Ormat 2-phase binary plant due to commission in 2020.


With the price of carbon forecast to increase under a strengthened Emission Trading Scheme, as well as a new Zero Carbon Bill, new geothermal developments will be required to support the phase out of thermal generation and transition to electric powered transportation.


Table: Potential Upcoming Geothermal Developments.

StationCapacity (MW)OperationDeveloperComments
Te Ahi O Maui (Kawerau)202018Eastland Group and Kawerau A8D Ahuwhenua TrustFour wells drilled, construction on schedule
Ngawha 3252020Top EnergyFour wells drilled in 2018
Ngawha 4252023Top EnergyPlanning stage
Taheke??Contact & Taheke 8C and the Adjoining Blocks IncThree Exploration wells drilled.
Te ia o Tutea (Taheke)??Mercury, Okere Inc and Ruahine Kuharua IncAgreement for expansion and cooperative development
Misc400By 2025VariousBalance of unspecified projects including late stages of existing developments