Huntly Power Station
The 953 MW Huntly Power Station is New Zealand's largest power station by capacity.
This station is located close to major population centres, has reliable access to cooling water, coal and gas resources, and benefits from limited transmission constraints. This, together with long-term resource consents, means that the Huntly Power Station is expected to continue to provide Genesis Energy with both a valuable asset and a range of future development options.
The Huntly Power Station has the ability to provide base-load generation while also being able to take advantage of higher prices in the short or medium term. The mix of generating units is likely to change over time as older gas/coal-fired generation units are placed into long-term storage, retired or replaced.
In addition, the Huntly Power Station plays an important role in supporting financial contracts offered by the Company to other retailers and large customers as dry period 'insurance', and in providing ancillary services such as frequency and voltage support.
A description of the generating units at Huntly Power Station can be found here.
Resource Consents to 2037
In May 2012, 25 year resource consents were granted for the generation capacity at Huntly which secure the site's future as a long-term generation site of national significance. This reflects its critical role in supplying electricity and important ancillary services such as frequency and voltage support.