Depending on the New Zealand electricity market conditions, Top Energy plans to build and test the operation of one power station at a time; with the first power station expected to be commissioned around 2023:

Timeline Activity
Late 2014 Lodge resource consent application
2015-before mid 2017 Obtain resource consents
~ mid-2017–2018 Project planning and design
2019-2020 Drill and test wells for first power station
2020-2023 Construct and commission power station 1
2024-2025 Test the operation of power station 1
2025-2030 Drill wells and construct power station 2
Commission power station 2


Read more about the two key stages to the construction process:

1. Well drilling
2. Power station and pipeline construction

Safety first

Safety comes first in all of Top Energy’s activities, whether it be day-to-day operation and maintenance of electricity generation, network distribution or construction activities. Top Energy operates with the highest level of ACC accreditation (Tertiary) and has best practice health and safety training and processes in place with all employees and contractors. Public safety will also be a key element in the Ngawha expansion project.