Te ahi o maui geothermal ready to drill _ the gisborne herald

GISBORNE-based Eastland Group expects to encounter temperatures three times higher than the hottest surface temperature ever recorded on Earth when it drills into the Kawerau geothermal reservoir next month.

Following years of planning, the $100m Te Ahi O Maui geothermal project to build a 20mW geothermal power plant 2.3km east of Kawerau is now ready to enter its first production well-drilling phase on land owned by the A8D Ahu Whenua Maori Trust.

Te Ahi O Maui project panager Ben Gibson said site works were under way to prepare the well pads and a well-drilling rig would be transported on site later this month.

A production well will start on May 10. Gas jokes The first stage of drilling, known as ‘‘spudding’’, will culminate in a 12cm-wide hole into the Kawerau geothermal reservoir.

“Extensive field monitoring and computer-based modelling has shown we can expect the drilling equipment to pass through layers of varying substrates and pockets of incredibly hot geothermal steam and fluid, which could be between 200-350 degrees Celsius.

“Well drilling and testing are critical success factors for the project’s subsequent steps. Gas exchange in the lungs If we find what we expect, then the project is all go and we can move on to the geothermal power plant construction phase, which we expect will take between two and two-and-a-half years.”

The Te Ahi O Maui project would be 94 percent owned by Eastland Group, capable of generating an equivalent amount of electricity to meet 50 percent of demand from the 25,000 consumers in the Gisborne/Wairoa region.

Tomai Fox, trustee for the Kawerau A8D Ahu Whenua Trust, said the project was a huge milestone for the trust and the realisation of a long-held dream.

“We look forward to completing this project as it will provide long-term benefits to the trust members and community. C gastronomie Our project team has worked really hard to make sure the project is done in a culturally and environmentally acceptable way.”

“We know the Eastland team and A8D’s Maori land owners have been working extremely hard behind the scenes for several years now and this is a really exciting next step.

“Not only will their investment benefit the people of New Zealand through clean energy, it will provide employment to Eastern Bay people during both the construction and operation phases.”

The project holds resource consents for the plant’s construction and operation, which allows for the extraction and discharge of 15,000 tonnes of geothermal fluid daily from the Kawerau geothermal reservoir, for 35 years.

Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd said the Te Ahi O Maui project was part of Eastland Group’s strategy to develop a portfolio of renewable electricity generation and minimise the environmental impacts of its projects.

“Our project team has worked very closely with the A8D Trust, who are kaitiaki of the land, to understand and accommodate their needs as tangata whenua and to protect the mauri of the land, air and water. Gas bubble disease The A8D Trust members will meet on site for a project update and traditional blessing just prior to the commencement of drilling.”

Mr Todd said the company was keen to see the new geothermal power plant provide clean base-load energy to New Zealand’s emerging alternative energy markets and play a greater role in meeting the country’s current and future energy needs.

GISBORNE-based Eastland Group expects to encounter temperatures three times higher than the hottest surface temperature ever recorded on Earth when it drills into the Kawerau geothermal reservoir next month.

Following years of planning, the $100m Te Ahi O Maui geothermal project to build a 20mW geothermal power plant 2.3km east of Kawerau is now ready to enter its first production well-drilling phase on land owned by the A8D Ahu Whenua Maori Trust.

Te Ahi O Maui project panager Ben Gibson said site works were under way to prepare the well pads and a well-drilling rig would be transported on site later this month.

A production well will start on May 10. Is there a gas station near me The first stage of drilling, known as ‘‘spudding’’, will culminate in a 12cm-wide hole into the Kawerau geothermal reservoir.

“Extensive field monitoring and computer-based modelling has shown we can expect the drilling equipment to pass through layers of varying substrates and pockets of incredibly hot geothermal steam and fluid, which could be between 200-350 degrees Celsius.

“Well drilling and testing are critical success factors for the project’s subsequent steps. Electricity prices over time If we find what we expect, then the project is all go and we can move on to the geothermal power plant construction phase, which we expect will take between two and two-and-a-half years.”

The Te Ahi O Maui project would be 94 percent owned by Eastland Group, capable of generating an equivalent amount of electricity to meet 50 percent of demand from the 25,000 consumers in the Gisborne/Wairoa region.

Tomai Fox, trustee for the Kawerau A8D Ahu Whenua Trust, said the project was a huge milestone for the trust and the realisation of a long-held dream.

“We look forward to completing this project as it will provide long-term benefits to the trust members and community. Electricity outage san antonio Our project team has worked really hard to make sure the project is done in a culturally and environmentally acceptable way.” Mayor excited about project

“We know the Eastland team and A8D’s Maori land owners have been working extremely hard behind the scenes for several years now and this is a really exciting next step.

“Not only will their investment benefit the people of New Zealand through clean energy, it will provide employment to Eastern Bay people during both the construction and operation phases.”

The project holds resource consents for the plant’s construction and operation, which allows for the extraction and discharge of 15,000 tonnes of geothermal fluid daily from the Kawerau geothermal reservoir, for 35 years.

Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd said the Te Ahi O Maui project was part of Eastland Group’s strategy to develop a portfolio of renewable electricity generation and minimise the environmental impacts of its projects.

“Our project team has worked very closely with the A8D Trust, who are kaitiaki of the land, to understand and accommodate their needs as tangata whenua and to protect the mauri of the land, air and water. Electricity and circuits class 6 ppt The A8D Trust members will meet on site for a project update and traditional blessing just prior to the commencement of drilling.”

Mr Todd said the company was keen to see the new geothermal power plant provide clean base-load energy to New Zealand’s emerging alternative energy markets and play a greater role in meeting the country’s current and future energy needs.