Canada's SNC-Lavalin, in a joint venture with Parsons Brinkerhoff and McConnell Dowell, will build a 166 MW geothermal power project in New Zealand.
The contract awarded by Contact Energy, of Wellington, covers engineering, procurement and construction management for the Te Mihi baseload project. Financial details were not disclosed but the work is to be completed by 2013, reported the Montreal Gazette.
Two new geothermal power units of 83 MW each will be built near the existing Wairakei geothermal station northwest of Taupo. When they are completed, 45 MW of Wairakei's existing capacity will be shut down, resulting in a net increase in capacity of 114 MW.
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