New Zealand's Meridian Energy is investigating damming the Mohaka river in northern Hawke's Bay for a hydroelectric scheme that would create a 300ha lake.
The dam would be in a ravine about 5km north of the Raupunga railway viaduct. The lake would be below the stretch of river, ending at Willow Flat, that is protected by a water conservation order imposed in 2004.
It is understood one model of the scheme has a 50m high dam that would form a narrow lake that would stretch about 15km to Willow Flat and provide enough energy to power a city the size of Gisborne.
According to reports in local media, Meridian is exploring the potential for hydro development outside the area protected by the water-conservation order.
Related ArticlesWater conservation order for Mohaka river