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TrustPower Arnold resources consents granted

13 Nov 2008

TrustPower has been granted resource consents for its proposed 46MW Arnold hydro generation scheme by the Grey District and West Coast Regional Councils. The consents are subject to the lodgement of any Environment Court appeals.

The proposed scheme with a capacity of up to 46MW and an annual output of 220 GWh, is designed to assist the West Coast meet growing electricity demand, and improve efficiency through reduced electricity losses resulting from the current transmission of most of the region's electricity requirements from outside of the region.

Under the Arnold proposal, which has a projected cost of $185m, water will be drawn from the Arnold River at the existing Arnold dam, and conveyed to a storage pond and power station before being discharged back to the Arnold River via a regulation pond.

TrustPower will review the resource consent conditions before reassessing the financial viability of the project and development timelines.
Graeme Purches
Community Relations Manager
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