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Contact is renewing the resource consents that support our geothermal power stations on the Wairakei geothermal field. The current consents expire in 2026, and Contact is preparing to modernise the way we generate power on the Wairakei field for the next 35 years. We have spent many months working with our key stakeholders in advance of applying for new consents, and this work will continue once the application is lodged late in 2021.


We are proposing to:

  • Close Wairākei A&B Power Stations no later than 30 June 2031.
  • Stop all discharges of separated geothermal water from electricity generation into the Waikato River and associated streams no later than 30 June 2026.
  • Build a new up to 180 MW development at Te Mihi with an option for a small development at Wairākei.
  • Invest significantly in the local Taupō and regional economy with the proposed new development at Te Mihi estimated to cost up to $750m with a significant portion spent in the region.
  • Increase generation of renewable, reliable, low-carbon electricity (from about 320 MW to up to 400 MW – enough for 70,000 more homes).


We are not seeking a material increase in our geothermal fluid take.



Additional information:

Introduction to GeoFuture