Nga Awa Purua Power Station
|Nga Awa Purua Power Station|
|Location||north of Taupo|
|Construction began||May 2008|
|Commission date||May 2010|
|Construction cost||NZ$430 million|
|Owner(s)||Mercury Energy / Tauhara North No. 2 Trust joint venture|
|Geothermal power station|
|Max. well depth||2,500 m (8,200 ft)|
|Thermal power station|
|Units operational||1× 140 MW|
|Nameplate capacity||140 MW|
|Annual output||1100 GWh|
Nga Awa Purua is a geothermal power station located near Taupo in New Zealand. The project was developed by Mighty River Power (now Mercury Energy). Nga Awa Purua is New Zealand's second largest geothermal power station and the steam turbine is the largest geothermal turbine in the world.
The power station is a joint venture between Mercury Energy (75%) and the Tauhara North No 2 Trust (25%), who represent about 800 owners affiliated to Ngati Tahu. The $430 million project first generated electricity on 18 January, and was officially opened by Prime Minister John Key on 15 May 2010.
The Rotokawa Power Station is situated close by.
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