Ngatamariki Geothermal Power Plant Expansion

Collaborative Initiative Enhances Geothermal Power Capacity in Central Bay of Plenty, New Zealand


In a collaborative effort aimed at bolstering renewable energy generation in the Central Bay of Plenty region in New Zealand, Ormat, as a supplier and EPC contractor, joined forces with Ngati Tahu Ngati Whaoa and Tauhara North No.2 Trust and Mercury, a New Zealand electricity generation and retailing company, to expand the Nga Tamariki geothermal power station.


The project, which involves adding a fifth generating unit to the geothermal power station located between Rotorua and Taupo, marks a significant step towards increasing green energy capacity in the area. The expansion is expected to enhance the station's efficiency and contribute to meeting the growing demand for sustainable electricity.


Omer Cohen, Project Manager at Ormat, attended the ceremony and expressed his admiration for the collaborative efforts that brought the project to fruition. "It was very impressing to see the collaboration between Mercury and Ngati Tahu Ngati Whaoa and Tauhara North Number 2 Trust all together making efforts to help this project happen," Cohen remarked. "Ormat is honored to be the main EPC contractor and supplier of the unit to help increase the green energy generation in the region."

The collaboration underscores the commitment of both the indigenous iwi and Ormat towards sustainable development and environmental stewardship. By leveraging indigenous knowledge and expertise alongside Ormat's technological prowess, the expansion of the Nga Tamariki geothermal power station represents a harmonious blend of traditional wisdom and modern innovation.


The addition of the fifth generating unit is expected to not only boost electricity generation but also create employment opportunities and support the local economy. Furthermore, it aligns with New Zealand's broader objectives of transitioning towards a low-carbon future and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.


Mercury, known for its focus on renewable energy solutions, has been instrumental in driving the project forward, leveraging its experience in geothermal energy generation to ensure the success of the expansion.


The collaboration serves as a testament to the potential for partnerships between indigenous communities, private enterprises, and government agencies to drive sustainable development initiatives. By working together, stakeholders can harness the power of renewable energy to create a more resilient and environmentally sustainable future for generations to come.


As construction commences on the expansion of the Nga Tamariki geothermal power station, the collaborative spirit demonstrated by all parties involved serves as a beacon of hope for future endeavors aimed at combatting climate change and promoting sustainable development.