Clutha hydro plans on hold

Contact Energy has announced that it won't be proceeding with proposed hydro development options for Luggate (25m, 86MW), Queensberry (14m, 160MW), Beaumont (30m, 185MW) and Tuapeka Mouth (50m, 350MW). In a report in the Otago Daily Times Contact hydro projects manager Neil Gillespie said "Contact has decided not to proceed with any of the options being investigated for hydro-generation development on the Clutha at this time and has ceased all work pertaining to it." Contact chief executive said, "On current demand forecasts, the Clutha options are not economic in the foreseeable future." The proposals may be resurrected in the future if economic conditions change.