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Contact Energy seeks resource consent for Waitahora wind farm

Monday 1st September 2008

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Contact Energy, the biggest utility on the NZX 50 Index, sought planning permission to build its NZ$500 million Waitahora wind farm in the lower North Island's Puketoi Range.

The 177 megawatt, 65 turbine project, enough to power about 86,000 homes, is to be decided by just one authority, the Tararua District Council, and Contact doesn't envisage the project being called in by the government for fast-tracking, spokesman Jonathan Hill said.

Last week the company had its second power project fast-tracked after the government said it will call in its 540 megawatt Hauauru ma raki wind farm near Raglan. The powers ensure projects of national interest don't get derailed in the appeals process.

The company's stock was unchanged at NZ$8.36.

Contact is investing NZ$3 billion over the next five years to build about 1400 megawatts of geothermal, wind, hydro and gas-fired plants.

By Jonathan Underhill

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