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Geothermal parties debate Wairakei plans

Parties to the proposed consent applications to use geothermal energy from the Wairakei field near Taupo have spent three days working on technical areas to prepare for the consent hearings.

Environment Waikato has facilitated a closed-door technical meeting in Hamilton involving Contact Energy and Geotherm Group – who have both applied to use geothermal energy from the field - Taupo District Council, Environment Waikato staff and technical advisors.

Environment Waikato Policy Group Manager Jeanette Black said the purpose of the meeting was to encourage scientific advisors to identify areas of agreement and disagreement, that assists in developing a cost-effective hearing.

β€œThe goodwill and integrity of all the parties has enabled a useful and productive three days of intensive work which will result in a more efficient and effective hearing process.”

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