Taheke power station
Taheke Committee of Management Members and Contact senior management at opening of Te Huka Binary Plant (Taupo) in 2010
In June 2013, the Taheke Joint venture (Taheke 8C Incorporated and Contact Energy) announced the decision to delay the development due to market conditions. Both parties remain committed to cooperating in the development of the Taheke Geothermal Field.
History of the project
In 2009 Contact was chosen by the Proprietors of Taheke 8C and Adjoining Blocks Incorporation (Taheke 8C) to be its partner in a proposed geothermal power station development on its land between SH33 and the Okere River.
Taheke 8C (of Ngati Hinerangi and Ngati Hinekura affiliation) were looking for an energy company partner to develop a geothermal power station on land it owns near Lake Rotoiti, North East of Rotorua. Contact's proposal for a true joint venture with equal representation for both parties including shared risk and shared effort, and both parties' mutual commitment to sustainable development, captured what Taheke 8C wanted for the future of its people and the geothermal taonga.
In February 2010, a project agreement between Taheke 8C and Contact was signed and field investigations and exploratory drilling began on site in September 2010. In 2012 the Whangamoa Trust joined the project and provided rights to use their land between Lake Rotoiti and SH33 to the project.
A possible power station concept was developed, in the form of a medium sized development with the potential to provide enough electricity to power around 40,000 homes.