The Te Ahi O Maui Geothermal plant is a partnership between the Kawerau A8D Ahu Whenua Trust and Eastland Generation.
The plant, commissioned in September 2018, is the latest generation of Ormat Binary Cycle technology and will deliver at least 24MWe of renewable baseload electricity, enough to power 25,000 homes. It is situated on the Kawerau geothermal reservoir in the eastern Bay of Plenty.
The development of the project has long been an aspiration of the Kawerau A8D Trust and its realisation is a major milestone. For Eastland Generation, the project represents a major investment in renewable energy and a significant contribution to New Zealand’s growing energy needs.
Since construction started in early 2016, over 265,000 man-hours have been worked with zero lost time injuries. Eastland Generation is also the first geothermal power plant operator in New Zealand to have a Safety Case accepted by WorkSafe under the new Major Hazard Facilities Regulations. Both of these achievements are representative of Eastland’s commitment to Health and Safety.