Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Revamped energy centre officially opened

Media Release, For immediate release: Friday September 19, 2003

Revamped energy centre officially opened

Associate Energy Minister Harry Duynhoven today officially opened the upgraded central Dunedin boilerhouse which supplies steam to the city's hospital, university, Cadburys Confectionery and New Zealand Towel Supplies.

The facility¹s owner, Meridian Solutions, has spent some $3.5 million on upgrading the energy facility, mainly through the installation of a baghouse filter system to remove dust from gases discharged from the landmark chimney.

Meridian Solutions, a business unit of Meridian Energy, took over the ownership and operation of the energy facility from the Otago District Health Board in June last year following their strategic decision to outsource the operation of the facility.

The business¹s General Manager, Mike Suggate, says Meridian Solutions made a commitment to get the facility up and running in a cleaner and more energy efficient manner within a year of taking it over from the Otago District Health Board, and had fulfilled that promise.

³Tests show that there is a forty-fold reduction, in excess of 40,000kg, of ash per year pumped out of the chimney,² he says. That is round 4 cubic metres of dust per day. ³These PM10 emissions can cause respiratory problems, so the removal of such a large quantity from Dunedin¹s air will make a major contribution to the health of Dunedin people.²

The completion of the baghouse filter and an associated new boiler control system was a commitment by Meridian Solutions under its contract with the ODHB, and is among the many steps the company is taking to ensure best-practice operation and environmental compliance and the facility.

Since the takeover by Meridian Solutions not only the emissions of the facility, now known as the Dunedin Energy Centre, but its appearance and operational efficiency have been considerably improved.

In addition, Mike Suggate says comments from delighted Dunedin residents have been flooding in, with regard to the virtual disappearance of the grey smoke plume that once poured from the chimney.

Guests attending today¹s official opening were given a tour of the facility. [ends]

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Commerce Commission: Warns Genesis Over Business Billing Errors

The Commerce Commission has issued a warning to Genesis Energy Limited about billing errors concerning electricity line charges to business customers. Genesis reported the errors to the Commission. The Commission considers that Genesis is likely to ... More>>

QV: Tax Changes Yet To Dampen Red-Hot Housing Market

Just over a month has passed since the Government announced measures aimed at dampening the rampant growth of the property market, and yet the latest QV House Price Index data shows the market hit a new high in April. The average value increased 8.9% nationally ... More>>

Stats NZ: Consents For New Homes At All-Time High

A record 41,028 new homes have been consented in the year ended March 2021, Stats NZ said today. The previous record for the annual number of new homes consented was 40,025 in the year ended February 1974. “Within 10 years the number of new homes ... More>>

The Conversation: The Outlook For Coral Reefs Remains Grim Unless We Cut Emissions Fast — New Research

A study of 183 coral reefs worldwide quantified the impacts of ocean warming and acidification on reef growth rates. Even under the lowest emissions scenarios, the future of reefs is not bright. More>>

The Conversation: Why Now Would Be A Good Time For The Reserve Bank Of New Zealand To Publish Stress Test Results For Individual Banks

Set against the backdrop of an economy healing from 2020’s annus horribilis , this week’s Financial Stability Report (FSR) from the Reserve Bank (RBNZ) was cautiously reassuring: the country’s financial system is sound, though vulnerabilities remain. More>>

Reserve Bank: Concerned About New Zealand's Rising House Prices

New Zealand house prices have risen significantly in the past 12 months. This has raised concerns at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Putea Matua about the risk this poses to financial stability. Central banks responded swiftly to the global ... More>>