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8.1.6 Geothermal

These requirements are intended to apply to development of deep geothermal reservoirs and should be read in conjunction with the general requirements set out in Section 8.1.2.

8.1.6.1 Development of Deep Geothermal Reservoirs – Rules 7.6.1.4, 7.6.1.5, 7.6.1.6, 7.6.1.7, 7.6.1.8, 7.6.2.3 and 7.6.2.4 of this Plan.

    1. Project description noting:
      1. process intended
      2. reservoir management strategy
      3. production wells
      4. reinjection wells
      5. well drilling
      6. well testing
      7. separation plant
      8. steamfield and other pipe work
      9. safety values
      10. steam vents
      11. steamfield roading
      12. any steam turbine generating units and other buildings
      13. cooling towers
      14. drilling water and domestic water provisions
      15. wash down water and facilities
      16. sewage disposal
      17. any hazardous substances used in the well drilling or routine operations of the plant
      18. contingency planning in the event of emergencies.

 

    1. Management of stormwater.
    2. Site access and traffic.
    3. Construction related activities including:
      1. earthworks
      2. construction facilities
      3. noise
      4. commissioning
      5. work programme.

 

    1. Description of the environment, including:
      1. extent of the resource
      2. surface features
      3. natural heat output
      4. geology
      5. hydrology
      6. chemistry
      7. ecology
      8. reservoir information
      9. ambient air quality
      10. ambient noise
      11. cultural history and historical use
      12. social/economic environment
      13. land use.

 

    1. Description of all activities and emissions requiring consent.
    2. Effects and mitigation:
      1. Alternatives considered:
        • location
        • cooling
        • gas and fluid disposal
        • plant
        • water supply.
      2. Actual and potential effects on:
        • geothermal resources
        • subsurface effects
        • surface thermal activity
        • ground water
        • surface waters
        • subsidence
        • seismicity
        • ecology
        • air quality
        • noise
        • hazardous substances
        • drilling testing of bores
        • construction
        • tangata whenua
        • other uses users of resources.

 

    1. Management and monitoring:
      1. Management plan
      2. Monitoring proposals:
        • well drilling and testing
        • ongoing operations
      3. Proposed contingency plans in the event of effects exceeding acceptable thresholds
      4. Reporting proposals.

 

  1. Results of consultation:
    1. Identification of affected and interested parties
    2. Identification of parties consulted
    3. Results of consultation with affected tangata whenua
    4. Results of consultation with other parties

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