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Carter: Unique Achievement At Ngawha

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John Carter
John Carter

Northland MP John Carter will open the expanded Ngawha Geothermal Power Station at the weekend (January 31).

Standing in for Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee as Crown representative at the occasion, Mr Carter said the expanded power plant represents a unique Northland achievement.

"Top Energy is the only power lines network company in New Zealand to own large generation. It makes up approximately 50 percent of the Company's business and supplies 70 percent of electricity used in the Far North," Mr Carter said.

"These are significant achievements. The expansion I am opening at the weekend cost $78 million and was funded solely by Top Energy. The construction also generated a lot of employment.

"It will employ eight staff fulltime and provide significant work for local engineering and general maintenance businesses. It is a credit to the effort and ingenuity of Northlanders and a great example of what can be achieved," Mr Carter said.

Mr Carter said it was also a fitting final occasion for outgoing Top Energy CEO Roger de Bray, who will be farewelled at a function at Kaikohe in the evening following the opening of the power station.

"Roger drove the corporatisation process that created Top Energy from the former Bay of Islands Power Board. He instigated the formation of the Trust ownership model which secured control of the company and its autonomy for the Far North. He displayed visionary leadership for 18 years at the helm of this crucial Far North company."

"Roger hands over to new leadership in CEO Russell Shaw. He hands over a tight and effective company and I have every confidence Russell and his team will continue to protect and build this vital asset to serve the Far North," Mr Carter said.

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