Completion of the Te Mihi Geothermal Project

We congratulate the past and present teams of the McConnell Dowell, SNC-Lavalin and Parsons Brinckerhoff Joint Venture (MSP JV) team for overcoming many challenges to complete the Te Mihi Geothermal Power Project located in Taupo, New Zealand.

Over the last several months, the team worked hard to modify the internals of the plant steam condensers to enhance performance (create more vacuum) and get more power from the steam turbines. These changes proved to be exceptionally successful, and resulted in a power plant that is now producing more megawatts than the guaranteed power output. This additional output provides a significant revenue value increase for our client, Contact Energy, over the project lifespan.

Jeff Westfahl, Project Director, led the overall MSP JV efforts during this final push. Bob Maso, Construction Manager, along with a great supporting MSP JV team, directed the outage efforts that were completed with no Lost Time, Medical or Recordable Incidents. The two Units for this project each passed the Output Performance Tests led by James Hudspeth, Commissioning Manager. 

Both Units have been running steadily with 100% availability, emphasizing the high quality product that MSP JV provided to the customer. The Te Mihi Geothermal Project was awarded POWER Magazine’s 2013 Marmaduke Award and was submitted for safety recognitions into the New Zealand Deloitte’s Excellence in Health & Safety awards as well as the NZ Safequard awards.

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