Central Leader - - Letters -

In re­ply to Alan Sim of Mt Roskill (Cen­tral Leader, Au­gust 13), just ex­actly where is the coun­try sup­posed to get its power when North Is­land ther­mal gen­er­a­tion is taken out for main­te­nance, if not from the Waitaki sys­tem?

In the lead-up to win­ter sev­eral of the large North Is­land coal or gas-fired gener- ation units were shut down for main­te­nance.

De­spite record low in­flows into the Waitaki stor­age lakes, Merid­ian was forced to draw on those reser­voirs to en­sure se­cu­rity of elec­tric­ity sup­ply over that pe­riod.

The Waitaki power sta­tions are the cor­ner­stone of the coun­try’s elec­tric­ity sup­ply sys­tem, and read­ers can be as­sured that Merid­ian takes a cau­tious and re­spon­si­ble approach to man­ag­ing them.

The fact that we are com­ing through the win­ter with­out ma­jor dis­rup­tion to sup­plies is more due to the su­perb man­age­ment of those as­sets by Merid­ian pro­duc­tion staff than to the mea­gre rain­fall in the Waitaki catch­ment over most of the last year.

ALAN SEAY Merid­ian En­ergy

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