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Waikato to gain new gas-burning plant

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/05/2017

Nova Energy has gained permission to build a 360 megawatt gas-burning power plant in the Waikato region.

The independent panel approving the plant agreed it would boost the security of the electricity supply by allowing peak demands to be met when there are unpredictable fall offs in wind and hydro supplies.

Planned for an about 5.6ha site on Kawhia Road, the plant will include exhaust stacks up to 25m high and source gas from the Maui pipeline.

The Waikato Regional and Otorohanga District councils acknowledged residents had made submissions in which they were worried by the plant's impact on the environment and beauty of the area.

However, the independent panel agreed with council staff that the plant's impact would not be significant and that conditions contained in the approval addressed these, the councils said in a statement.

Otorohanga District's commissioner said that while the plant will "to some extent modify the character of the vicinity...the modifications will be acceptable and appropriate given the positive benefits the project will bring".

Nova Energy is a subsidiary of Todd Energy, one of New Zealand's largest companies.

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