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Chch anchor projects boss named

NZN 19/04/2016 Pattrick Smellie

Retiring Genesis Energy chief executive Albert Brantley is to be the chief executive of the newly created Crown company overseeing construction of Christchurch's so-called anchor projects.

An energy sector veteran, Mr Brantley will take up the reins at Otakaro Ltd from May 2 after eight years heading Genesis, the country's largest electricity retailer by customer numbers and owner of a range of power stations, including the gas and coal-fired Huntly station.

Otakaro officially took on responsibilities for the delivery of Christchurch's anchor projects and precincts on Monday as part of the wider reorganisation of the Canterbury earthquakes rebuild process, five years on from the most serious of the quakes that rocked the region in 2010 and 2011.

Kaiapoi-based, Mr Brantley is charged with accelerating and completing the anchor projects, which are government-funded precincts to house a variety of Crown agencies and other central business district entities.

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