Meridian hydro project approved for South Island of New Zealand

New Zealand’s Meridian Energy has been granted resource consent for a hydropower project on the western coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

The hydro project proposal plans for the construction of a dam and power station on the Mokihinui River north of Westport.

The hydropower project would have a capacity between 65 and 85 megawatts. The dam would create a narrow, 14-kilometer-long lake.

The consent contains many conditions and is subject to appeal to the Environment Court, wire reports indicate.

Meridian said the $300 million hydro project would supply power for about 45,000 homes, local media reported.

Meridian, a state-owned electricity generator, generates power solely from renewable sources, including hydro and wind.

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