1 Mar 2014

Water flows in Tekapo canal again

7:06 am on 1 March 2014

Water is flowing through the Tekapo Canal again, now that a multi-million dollar repair job has been completed.

The Tekapo Canal has been repaired.

The Tekapo Canal has been repaired. Photo: PHOTO NZ

The work, which has taken two summers to complete, was done by electricity and gas supplier, Genesis Energy, at a cost of about $145 million.

Spokesperson for Genesis Energy Richard Gordon says 150 people have worked on the repairs, including specialists at lining canals from Europe.

He says 6 kms of the 25 km canal was re-lined and parts were strengthened for protection against earthquakes.

Mr Gordon says water is now flowing through the canal and the Tekapo B station, which sits in the bed of lake Pukaki, is generating electricity.