Delayed work begins on Loganburn Dam

January 21, 2019

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Work has finally started on raising the height of the Loganburn Dam at Paerau to boost its storage capacity - a project delayed for several years because of plans to construct the boundry's biggest wind farm nearby.

The $2 billion, 176-turbine Project Hayes wind farm was shelved two years ago, but it was one of the main factors in the delay to the dam project, Maniototo Irrigation Company Ltd chairman Geoff Crutchley said.

''Project Hayes involved plans to use the dam as an access for heavy machinery and there would've been modifications to the main approaches to the dam and its main accessways. It seemed wiser to hold off doing anything while those plans were active.''

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