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Government welcomes smelter agreement

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Tiwai Point – nzas.co.nz

The signing of individual 20-year bilateral long-term contracts between the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter (NZAS), Meridian Energy, Contact Energy, and Mercury NZ will provide certainty for the electricity market and will be a welcome relief for the Southland economy, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says.

“The Tiwai Smelter is New Zealand’s largest electricity user. Their signing of these long-term contracts with Meridian Energy, Contact Energy, and Mercury NZ will provide much needed certainty for electricity generators. Demand for electricity is going to remain high, and we expect that this news will lead to more electricity generation being brought online,” said Brown.

“One of the conditions of the agreement between the electricity generators and NZAS is to provide up to 185MW of demand response. This will help ensure there is electricity available for households when we have a dry year and electricity generation is tight.

“As our electricity system becomes more based upon renewables, intermittency of generation becomes a larger problem. This commitment from NZAS will help ensure the grid can continue to deliver electricity to Kiwis during times of peak demand.

“I am pleased that a deal has been reached between NZAS, Meridian Energy, Contact Energy, and Mercury NZ. This provides much needed certainty not only for the smelter’s workers and their families, but also for all of the businesses and jobs indirectly supported by the smelter and its operations. It will be welcome news for the people of Southland and provide confidence for their regional economy.”

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  1. Besides; the Military Industrial Complex will need a source of aluminum for World War Three that is not in a nuclear blast zone as are most other smelters in the Northern Hemisphere!
    Will we see affordable homes that are EQ resistant built with aluminum framing?
    Probably not…
    With the ‘Power Grid’ in such a terrible shape (supposedly…), what modifications have been made at Tiwai Point to accommodate the furnaces? Are these modifications going to be applied to the main grid in the country? Probably not…as the PTB want you to have UNaffordable electricity, and will import more immigrants as recently outlined in their Mass Migration’ clause.
    More migrants = more electricity usage, which results in rolling blackouts, etc.
    Certainly not…GASSSSSSS!
    Maybe we can all order our limited edition figurines of Chloe and the other Green (Communist) Party Members made from cast aluminum…!

  2. I wonder how many people involved in this fiasco have been blessed with Rio Tinto Group/ Sumitomo Group/ Meridian/Mercury shares?
    Who remembers the lies told about the Manapouri Hydro dam being built? We were to have unending unlimited power forever. We weren’t told this was solely for the benefit of foreign business.
    We have all the energy this country needs in coal, gas and hydro, and I see no reason why we cannot have nuclear power as well. Earthquakes? Get us some Japanese engineers or build it on a ship run offshore like Russia does.
    This third world windmill economy is third world crazy just like its proponents.


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