Kawerau Geothermal Area

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Kawerau Geothermal Area

Area Overview

Geothermal Area Profile

Location: Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand

Exploration Region: Taupo Volcanic Zone

GEA Development Phase: Operational"Operational" is not in the list of possible values (Phase I - Resource Procurement and Identification, Phase II - Resource Exploration and Confirmation, Phase III - Permitting and Initial Development, Phase IV - Resource Production and Power Plant Construction) for this property.

Coordinates: -38.068003655981°, 176.72465962549°

Resource Estimate

Mean Reservoir Temp: 270°C543.15 K
518 °F
977.67 °R

Estimated Reservoir Volume: 1.6 km³1,600,000,000 m³
0.384 mi³
56,503,466,753.6 ft³
2,092,720,990.4 yd³
1,600,000,000,000 L

Mean Capacity: 115 MW115,000 kW
115,000,000 W
115,000,000,000 mW
0.115 GW
1.15e-4 TW

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History and Infrastructure

Operating Power Plants: 1

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Developing Power Projects: 0

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Power Production Profile

Gross Production Capacity: 122 MW122,000 kW
122,000,000 W
122,000,000,000 mW
0.122 GW
1.22e-4 TW

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Owners  :
  • Mighty River Power

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Regulatory and Environmental Issues

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Exploration History

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Well Field Description

Well Field Information

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Depth to Top of Reservoir: 1900m1.9 km
1.181 mi
6,233.596 ft
2,077.859 yd

Depth to Bottom of Reservoir: 2100m2.1 km
1.305 mi
6,889.764 ft
2,296.581 yd

Average Depth to Reservoir: 2000m2 km
1.243 mi
6,561.68 ft
2,187.22 yd

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Geology of the Area

Geologic Setting

Tectonic Setting: Extensional Tectonics, Subduction Zone

Controlling Structure: Fault Intersection

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Brophy Model: Type E: Extensional Tectonic, Fault-Controlled Resource

Moeck-Beardsmore Play Type: CV-1a: Magmatic - Extrusive, CV-1b: Magmatic - Intrusive, CV-3: Extensional Domain"CV-1a: Magmatic - Extrusive, CV-1b: Magmatic - Intrusive, CV-3: Extensional Domain" is not in the list of possible values (CV-1a: Magmatic - Extrusive, CV-1b: Magmatic - Intrusive, CV-2a: Plutonic - Recent or Active Volcanism, CV-2b: Plutonic - Inactive Volcanism, CV-3: Extensional Domain, CD-1: Intracratonic Basin, CD-2: Orogenic Belt, CD-3: Crystalline Rock - Basement) for this property.

Geologic Features

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Host Rock Age: Quaternary

Host Rock Lithology: Volcaniclastic; Sandstone; Mudstone

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Geofluid Geochemistry


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ruggero Bertani. 2005. World Geothermal Power Generation 2001-2005. Proceedings of World Geothermal Congress; Turkey: World Geothermal Congress.
  2. Benjamin Matek. Geo-energy [Internet]. Geothermal Energy Association. [updated 2015/04/28;cited 2015/04/28]. Available from: http://geo-energy.org/

List of existing Geothermal Resource Areas.

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