Earlier this year, Genesis Energy undertook a significant maintenance programme on the Poutu Canal. Electricity shortages and bad weather meant that the programme was not finished. A further 8 week outage of the canal commencing on the 28th October is scheduled to allow the planned works to be completed. The Tongariro River below Poutu Intake is likely to flowing at about twice that of the present 16 cumec minimum flow (i.e. between 30 and 35 cumecs). It should be noted that these flows are estimates only and will be subject to natural variation (e.g. weather events) and generation flow changes.