Thursday, 14 September 2017
Karapiro Power Station
This is the Karapiro Power Station just out of Hamilton, the Waikato River has 8 other hydroelectric power stations - this one is the last of them. Construction started in 1940, the building certainly looks vintage, and was completed in 1947.
It's purpose is to maintain the flow of water in the lower part of the river during catchment and low electricity demand. To keep the river flow and a reasonable level only 2 turbines are needed - the third is used for peak generation and maintenance on one of the others. Mercury Energy operates all the hydro electric power stations on the Waikato River.
On this day we visited this place it had been raining on and off all morning, the stormy skies reflected in the background show how temperamental the weather has been.
Linking up with Skywatch Friday :-)