Field Trip

Thursday 14th June 2012

Nga Awa Purua geothermal

Join us on a geothermal journey! The field trip has been designed to meet the range of expectations of the workshop attendees.

well rig geothermal

For the exploration geoscientist we have arranged to visit Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland which is one of New Zealand most active and famous geothermal systems. We will view acid sulphate alteration and subsidence features, as well as observe the silica terraces and boiling neutral pH pools where the gas discharges have led to its name - the Champagne Pool and where precipitates of 80ppm Gold are currently depositing.

For the rig geologist we have arranged a rig visit to one of the four large geothermal drilling rigs that are currently drilling in the Taupo area.

For the reservoir scientist and engineers, Mighty River Power have generously agreed to a site visit to the recently (2010) commissioned 140 MWe Nga Awa Purua Geothermal Power Station. The station is powers a a three stage 140 MWe Fuji turbine which is the largest geothermal turbine in the world.

The field programme will be divided into several group to enable all participants to visit all three sites.

Lunch packages will be provided.

Please remember to bring your safety boots, a warm jacket and any other personal safety items if you have them readily available.