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Old November 19th, 2006, 10:55 PM   #1
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Crest Energy lodged applications in July 2006 to use part of the tidal mouth of the Kaipara Harbour in northern New Zealand to generate electricity using submerged marine turbines. Crest Energy plans to generate power for 250,000 NZ homes, or 200 MW, by harnessing about 2% of the power of the tidal flows in to and out of the Kaipara Harbour.

Tidal turbines follow the same principles as wind turbines: the faster the current, and the larger the blades, the more power is generated. There are perhaps a dozen companies constructing tidal turbines and others joining the industry.



Crest Energy will develop infrastructure to place 200 turbines in the mouth of the Kaipara. We will offer the turbine locations, with connections to the national electricity grid, to turbine manufacturers, electricity generators and investors. The project should generate about 4% of New Zealand's supply.

Tidal and wind power generation have many similarities and some differences :

* Sea water is 830 times denser than air which means that a tidal turbine can generate much more power for the same flow
* Tidal power works for over 16 hours a day in all seasons
* Tidal turbines are totally submerged and therefore invisible
* Tidal turbines are silent

The Kaipara Harbour is one of the largest harbours in the world covering 900 square kilometres with 3000 kilometres of shoreline. It extends for 60 kilometres north to south. Halfway along its length it has a five kilometre mouth to the Tasman Sea.

The Kaipara Harbour is rarely used for shipping due to the treacherous tides and sand bars at its mouth. For this reason there are no large settlements close to its shores, although many small communities lie along its coastline.



The Kaipara Harbour has a number of factors making it suited to marine turbines. Most importantly, around 8,000 million cubic metres of water pass in and out of the harbour each day, which is equivalent to :

* Flooding the island of Manhattan to half the height of the Empire State Building (185 metres/600 feet)
* Covering the land within the London M25 orbital motorway to a depth of 2.8 metres/9 feet
* Occupying a cube of water 2 kilometres x 2 kilometres x 2 kilometres

Kaipara tides average 1.52 m during neap tides and 2.68 m during spring tides. The Kaipara Harbour has a temperate climate with an average annual air temperature of 16ºC (61ºF). It is close to New Zealand’s most populated city, Auckland with 1.5 million residents, and another large centre, Whangarei. There are readily available routes to sell electricity using existing transmission lines.

Prototype and commercial turbines are installed around the world. The best locations are where there are large currents created by tides, or where oceans meet.

Crest Energy believes the Kaipara Harbour is one of the best sites in the world to generate substantial amounts of electricity. The project maintains New Zealand’s tradition of harnessing renewable energy. Over 60% of New Zealand’s electricity is produced from hydroelectric, geothermal, wind and other sustainable sources.

Crest Energy hopes its application to use the resources of Kaipara Harbour for 35 years will be approved by mid 2007, at which point we plan to raise about NZ$50 million (US$33 million). The total costs over ten years are NZ$600 million (US$400 million) offset by modest but growing revenues from year three. Annual revenue from 200 operational turbines is about NZ$110 million at current wholesale electricity prices, and of course more at retail prices. Interested potential investors should visit our Investors page. As compared to the rest of the OECD, NZ has relatively low labour rates which improves the viability of the project, and the legal system is based upon English law.

Many bodies are actively involved in the management of Kaipara Harbour: Northland Regional Council, Auckland Regional Council, Kaipara District Council, Rodney District Council, Central Government and local community organisations.

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Tide and gas energy for harbour power plants
NZ Herald 2006/11/20




Plans have been revealed for two power stations on the Kaipara Harbour.

One will harness the swift current at the harbour entrance and the other will burn gas piped from Taranaki.

The Northland Regional Council will this week publicly notify an application from Crest Energy Kaipara for resource consents to use part of the harbour mouth to generate electricity using submerged marine turbines.

Crest Energy plans to start 200 turbines which it says will supply 200 megawatts - enough electricity for 250,000 homes.

Northland coastal consents team leader Allan Richards said the application would be heard next year by a joint commission of the Northland and Auckland regional councils and the Rodney District Council.

The councils had sought further information from the company about the effect of the project on navigation, fishing and dolphins.

Crest director Anthony Hopkins said the project was a "world first and very challenging".

Only a handful of companies in the world were building turbines to harness tidal power, which worked for 16 hours a day, in all seasons.

The company needed consents for the turbines in water 30m deep and for laying two 30km undersea cables to connect with the national grid.

The other power station proposal is from Genesis Energy, which wants a change to the Rodney District Plan to create a spot zone for a rural gas-turbine station at Kaukapakapa, 8km from Helensville.

Rodney District Council is examining a draft proposal and could publicly notify the bid before Christmas.

Independent commissioners will hear the application from the company, which also needs air and water consents from the Auckland Regional Council.

Genesis Energy spokesman Richard Gordon said the company hoped to be generating 240 megawatts by the summer of 2008-09.

Building a second stage to boost production to 360MW depended on increasing the gas pipeline's capacity.

But Kaipara Forest and Bird convener Suzi Phillips said there were concerns about the station using a non-renewable resource and emitting greenhouse gases.

The tidal power proposal was preferred as it was a sustainable option, but there were concerns about the effect turbines would have on silting and marine life.

Kaukapakapa residents' action group spokesman Judi Candy said the Genesis Energy station was on the State Highway 16 scenic route beside the harbour and its CO2 emissions would be spread all over the township.

Residents had petitioned the district council about the site being the wrong choice.


Check out Crest FAQ for answers to the effect on marine life.
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 09:40 PM   #3
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NZ Herald 2006/11/24 in the Classified section I've just spied Crest Energies notification for resource consents to the Northland, Rodney and Auckland Regional councils. For the above .
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Old November 24th, 2006, 08:55 AM   #4
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Sounds pretty good. NZ is really at the forefront of renewable energy generation. Very cool.
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This is probably one of the best renewable options (allows 24/7 generation) that is being developed in the country but has had much less attention; believe it is the start of a $1 billion 300 MW project?

Media Release: 11.10.2006

Largest Geothermal Development in over 20 Years

Mighty River Power has signed contracts to procure generation plant and begin constructing a 90MW, $275 million geothermal power plant in Kawerau, following final consent approval from the Environment Court.

The state-owned electricity generator and retailer made the announcement today on the back of reporting an annual profit (Net Surplus after Taxation) of $100.8 million for the year ended 30 June 2006.

Mighty River Power Chief Executive, Doug Heffernan said the Kawerau project would be the largest single geothermal development in New Zealand in more than 20 years and would produce more energy annually than all the country’s existing wind turbines.

Mr Heffernan said a major contract for engineering design, procurement and the construction of the Kawerau power station had recently been awarded to Sumitomo Corporation after an extensive tender process. The tender process attracted a large international interest because of the size of the project.

“The new power station will significantly increase local generation capacity in the region, meeting approximately one-third of residential and industrial demand in the Eastern Bay of Plenty region. A further advantage of the project is that investment in transmission lines is not necessary as the power station site is situated adjacent to industrial users,” said Mr Heffernan.

He said the project commitment was the culmination of four years of planning which included securing access to geothermal resources via negotiations with the Crown, Ngati Tuwharetoa (Bay of Plenty) Settlement Trust, Putauaki Trust and Norske Skog. Additionally, resource consents were secured which satisfied the local community including large industrial companies at Kawerau and other local landowners.

“Geothermal exploration at a total cost of $50 million had been undertaken on the Kawerau reservoir over the past 2-3 years and further construction activity will commence on site in November 2006.”

Mr Heffernan said that in addition to this major investment at Kawerau, Mighty River Power is well on track to complete the installation of a third generator at its gas fired co-generation plant at Southdown, which will lift total generation capacity to 170MW. Systems tests will be conducted in November with the generator expected to come online in December, just twelve months after project commitment.
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Old November 24th, 2006, 11:48 PM   #6
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Wow NZ is really doing well on the renewable energy front, I think those underwater tidal generators are much better than ugly wind turbines that seem to be planned for everywhere. Also I read somewhere - maybe on SSC - about massive underwater turbines in the Cook Strait which genrate power from the currents to be built in the next 2 - 3 years.
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Wow NZ is really doing well on the renewable energy front, I think those underwater tidal generators are much better than ugly wind turbines that seem to be planned for everywhere. Also I read somewhere - maybe on SSC - about massive underwater turbines in the Cook Strait which genrate power from the currents to be built in the next 2 - 3 years.
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Mighty River's Kawerau geothermal power station.

Commencement of construction for Mighty River Power?s 90 MW, $275 million power plant in Kawerau.


Mighty River estimate that geothermal sources could generate 1200 MW, enough for 1.2 million homes.

Kawerau is stage 1 of Mighty River's plans to bring online around 400 MW of geothermal energy in the next five to ten years ? enough power for around 400,000 homes.

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Crest energy have a email link for submissions to the Northland Regional Council to support or oppose the Crest Kaipara Energy Project.
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Old December 14th, 2006, 07:30 AM   #10
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It was on the news today.
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It was on the news today.
And this mornings NZ Herald 2006/12/14.
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Wind? Tide?

Crap!

NZ has energy resources to burn in the form of *hydro*. The only thing that keeps hydro from being developed is the insanity of the Green lobby.

NZ's South Island West Coast has *hundreds* of deep rainforest valleys that receive *meters* of rainfall every year. But, oh, no!, we can't flood one or two of them because that would kill a few of the sacred kopekanui native snails, or some other completely irrelevant creature.

Cheap, truly renewable, *secure* power supply is being sacrificed upon the altar of misanthropic regulation.

NZ isn't at the forefront of sustainable energy development, it's at the forefront of stupidity and wasted opportunities.

But electricity prices keep rising and the artificial energy crisis keeps on being "looked at" seriously by "very concerned" bureaucrats in comfortable, well-lit, well-heated Wellington offices.

And Kiwis keep falling for it.
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Wind? Tide?

Crap!

NZ has energy resources to burn in the form of *hydro*. The only thing that keeps hydro from being developed is the insanity of the Green lobby.

NZ's South Island West Coast has *hundreds* of deep rainforest valleys that receive *meters* of rainfall every year. But, oh, no!, we can't flood one or two of them because that would kill a few of the sacred kopekanui native snails, or some other completely irrelevant creature.

Cheap, truly renewable, *secure* power supply is being sacrificed upon the altar of misanthropic regulation.

NZ isn't at the forefront of sustainable energy development, it's at the forefront of stupidity and wasted opportunities.

But electricity prices keep rising and the artificial energy crisis keeps on being "looked at" seriously by "very concerned" bureaucrats in comfortable, well-lit, well-heated Wellington offices.

And Kiwis keep falling for it.
and how hydro stations have been producing less and less power over the last couple of years, but i would support anything just to piss off the evil communist nazi green party and any environmentalist group
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Wind? Tide?

Crap!

NZ has energy resources to burn in the form of *hydro*. The only thing that keeps hydro from being developed is the insanity of the Green lobby.

NZ's South Island West Coast has *hundreds* of deep rainforest valleys that receive *meters* of rainfall every year. But, oh, no!, we can't flood one or two of them because that would kill a few of the sacred kopekanui native snails, or some other completely irrelevant creature.

Cheap, truly renewable, *secure* power supply is being sacrificed upon the altar of misanthropic regulation.

NZ isn't at the forefront of sustainable energy development, it's at the forefront of stupidity and wasted opportunities.

But electricity prices keep rising and the artificial energy crisis keeps on being "looked at" seriously by "very concerned" bureaucrats in comfortable, well-lit, well-heated Wellington offices.

And Kiwis keep falling for it.

I always thought that provided they filled the lake slowly enough they would just move out of the way. We could even transplant some of them.

A friend was part of a team working on a report for future hydro generation sites for the government a few years back. All national parks and the Buller river were not allowed to be included. Sort of limited the remaining options a bit.

I feel sorry for the coasters as they aren't allowed to develop their provence. I seem to remember that they were refused permission to do sustainable logging a while back. I guess tourism is about all thats left.
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New Auckland power line gets the nod

2007/01/31


UPDATED REPORT: Transpower's planned big new power line to Auckland has been given the green by the electricity regulator today but it still faces opposition from Waikato farmers.

Today's Notice of Intention to approve from the Electricity Commission is subject to a public consultation process and it was not unanimous.

Transpower chief executive Ralph Craven welcomed the decision. He said the proposed new line is New Zealand's largest transmission infrastructure project and the first upgrade to the national grid in the upper North Island in 20 years.

Commission deputy chairman Peter Harris said the authority of the commission and this decision did not intrude into the Resource Management Act process.

An overview of the decision reveals that one commissioner concluded that the plan did not meet the requirements of grid investment test. He differed with other commissioners on market development scenarios and the need for a 440 kilovolt line.

In 2005, the commission put the grid operator's plan for a 440kV line into Auckland on hold, judging it to be too expensive.

Last October, Transpower unveiled a new plan for the line that changed where the network connected in Auckland to Pakuranga, from Otahuhu, reduced the initial power load carried, but did not alter the controversial route through the Waikato. Finance Minister Michael Cullen last year told the grid operator and its regulator to stop behaving like "males rutting" but he denied allegations of political meddling in decision making.

Former commissioner Roy Hemmingway told a parliamentary select committee that he was sacked because he refused to bow to political pressure.

Mr Harris is a former trade union economist and a former staff member in Dr Cullen's office.

Energy Minister David Parker today welcomed the commissions's decision.

The commission will release a detailed statement of the reasons for its decision in mid-February.

There will be an opportunity for the public to make submissions around late March and a public conference was likely to be held in late April or early May.

Transpower is buying up farms along the route to get access. It has purchased 53 of the 297 properties on the route and will onsell the farms when the line is built.

The issue of the security of electricity supply to the country's largest city was highlighted last year when the failure of two 40-year-old shackles cut power to much of Auckland for more than five hours.
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For those who don't read the Herald offline or online.

Farmers vow fight as power line approved


Farmers have vowed to fight the Electricity Commission's approval of Transpower's plan to build a giant new power line to Auckland - even though they could find themselves in court.

John Sexton of Auckland Federated Farmers said the new line was a huge and unnecessary disruption to affected communities.

It was the second blow for Waikato farmers battling Transpower as those denying access to existing lines have been threatened with legal action.

"Auckland and Waikato members of Federated Farmers have been blocking access because we have made no progress after two years of negotiating with the state-owned grid operator.

"Transpower has not conceded one inch in a long-running dispute," he said. "Meanwhile, we are asking landowners to continue to block access to Transpower workers, until a negotiated settlement can be achieved.

"The message to landowners remains the same: Do not agree or sign any documents with Transpower or its agents until Federated Farmers and the Forest Owners Association have a comprehensive agreement with Transpower."

His comments came as the Electricity Commission gave initial backing to Transpower's revised plan to upgrade transmission lines from Waikato to Auckland but has moved to distance itself from consideration of landowners' and residents' concerns.

The commission has given "notice of intention to approve" the plan, which like Transpower's initial proposal, will see 426 pylons with an average height of 59m built to carry power 185km between Whakamaru in South Waikato to a substation near the South Auckland urban boundary. However, the plan differs in that the line, capable of carrying 440 kilovolts (kV), will initially carry 220kV. An upgrade to 440kV is not likely to be required for about 30 years.

The revised proposal also features underground cables between South Auckland and Pakuranga.

A second underground cable section to Otahuhu substation will be added as demand increases.

Commission deputy chairman Peter Harris said the plan was a substantial improvement on the proposal the commission declined last year on the grounds it was too expensive.

The new plan was more reliable, flexible and offered benefits at lower comparable cost.

At $820 million, according to the commission, or $680 million, according to Transpower, it was also about $11 million cheaper than the next best alternative.

Unlike former commission chairman Roy Hemmingway, who last year said he was forced out of his job by Government ministers for opposing Transpower's original plan, Mr Harris said the decision-making process had been free of political pressure. "The Minister of Energy at all stages has made it clear that it's our call."

Under industry rules any "significantly affected party" can request a public conference on the proposal, which the commission clearly expects to happen. Subject to public consultation and further deliberation the commission may or may not confirm its decision but can also amend Transpower's plan.

After publishing detailed information on its initial decision, the commission will accept submissions and intends to hold public conferences in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington in May.

It expects to make its final call at the end of May or early June.

The commission had no authority to intervene in any compensation issues which were a matter for Transpower and landowners.
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Oil seeps to surface after earthquake
NZ Herald 2007/03/13

A recent earthquake has brought traces of crude oil to the surface on Stewart Island, strengthening prospects of a significant oil discovery in the nearby Great South Basin offshore area.

Several natural oil seepages have been detected behind the beach at Thule Bay, said Ministry of Economic Development chief petroleum geologist Richard Cook.

The ministry had been monitoring the area, where seepages had been detected years earlier, for some time but found no fresh activity until after the magnitude 4.8 quake last month.

"We are encouraged the latest information strengthens the case for exploration in the area."

While the seepages did not indicate any particular size of oil deposits "the fact that natural oil has been generated out in the basin and seeped up there is encouraging".

"It's just reinforcing the fact that there's oil potential and not just gas."

Crown Minerals has said the enormous potential of the basin, southeast of Dunedin, is "commonly acknowledged" and may even support the large-scale infrastructure needed to produce liquefied natural gas.

It believes the basin may hold more than 5 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas, far outpacing the Maui field with 3.5 TCF.

The Government is asking for tenders, offering 40 blocks over 9000 square kilometres in the basin to oil and gas explorers.

The tenders close on April 2 and, despite the relative expense of drilling in such deep and often stormy waters, Mr Cook said several major overseas explorers had shown "significant interest".

Eight wells were drilled in the basin between 1976 and 1984, with hydrocarbons recorded in four.

At the time, water depth and the isolation made gas reserves in one well "non-commercial" and mechanical problems meant that strong oil shows in another were not properly tested.

Mr Cook said the Stewart Island seepages indicated shallower areas around the margins of the basin might also be worth investigating.

With the tender process expected to be completed by mid-year, it would be three or four years before exploratory drilling began.

If significant reserves were found, it could take between 15 and 20 years before gas or oil started flowing in commercial quantities.

However, Mr Cook said an exploration programme would give the area an economic lift.

Black Gold

* Government geologists say the discovery of oil traces is good news for an oil and gas exploration programme in the nearby Great South Basin.

* Drilling is likely to begin within three to four years.

* Any significant discovery is likely to take 15 to 20 years to develop.

Now that reminds me of a little ditty...



Ballad Of Jed Clampett

Come and listen to a story 'bout a man named Jed
Poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed
Then one day he was shooting for some food,
And up through the ground come a bubbling crude
(Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea)

Well the first thing you know old Jed's a millionaire
Kin folk said Jed move away from there
Said California is the place you oughta be
So they loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly
(Hills that is, swimming pools, movie stars)

Well now it's time to say goodbye to Jed and all his kin
They would like to thank you folks for kindly dropping in
You're all invited back again to this locality
To have a heaping helping of their hospitality
(Beverly Hillbillies, that's what they call 'em now,
Nice folks Y'all come back now, ya hear?)
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Great about the oil discovery but whats with the poem? lol
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It's the theme to "The Beverly Hillbillies". A 60's show(comedy) about a family of rednecks from the Appalachians who discover oil on their farm and thus untold riches!
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Oh thats right. I know the show I just didnt pick up on the theme
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