Coal-Fired Plants in New Zealand
Huntly
Location: Waikato
Operator: Genesis Energy
Configuration: 4 X 250 MW
Fuel: bituminous coal, natural gas
Operation: 1982-1985
Boiler supplier: CE Canada
T/G supplier: Parsons
Quick facts: This is the largest thermal power plant in New Zealand. The original steam-electric plant was extended with a simple-cycle gas turbine and a CCGT block. The plant is on the Waikato River 70km from Auckland, the country's largest load center. In regular operation, coal burn was around 3.6mn tpy, half from local mines and half imported from Indonesia. Unit-4 was deactivated in Dec 2012 and Unit-3 was deactivated in Sep 2013.

Photograph by David Appleyard
Posted 25 Jan 2006

Kinleith Mill
Location: Waikato
Operator: Carter Holt Harvey
Configuration: 1 X 40 MW
Fuel: wood, natural gas, coal
Operation: 1997
Boiler supplier: John Thompson
T/G supplier: Allen, Peebles
Quick facts: The mill is in the center of North Island. It is Tokoroa's largest employer and has full output is 275,000 tpy of softwood kraft market bleached and unbleached pulp, and 315,000 tpy of white, unbleached and corrugated containerboard.

Photograph courtesy of Genesis Power Ltd
Posted 25 Aug 2002

Meremere
Location: Waikato
Operator: Electricorp
Configuration: 7 X 30 MW
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Operation: 1958-1967 (ret)
Boiler supplier: BPL
T/G supplier: English Electric
Quick facts: Meremere was the first government-built, thermal central station in New Zealand. Six units were finished in 1958, but the 7th set did not complete until 1967. The site is near Mercer on the east bank of the Waikato River,64km south of Auckland. Two-thirds of Meremere's 800,000 tpy coal requirement was met by the nearby Maramarua open-cast mine, with coal delivered by a twin aerial cableway. The remaining coal came from other mines, and was railed to Meremere via a private siding off the North Island Main Trunk. Some of the main buildings have been rebuilt for use as a large-scale recycling center. The plant was closed in 1991. Photo taken in 1986.

Photograph by David de la Hyde (Panoramio)
Posted 7 Oct 2015

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 07-Oct-2015

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