King Country Energy owns and operates a hydro system incorporating four power stations located within the King Country region. KCE also owns the Mangahao Power Station near Shannon which is operated by Todd Energy.
Safety at Power Stations
KCE’s Power Stations are located in some wonderful areas of the country and can be great places to visit. However, because their very nature involves diverting rivers and converting hydro power to energy, there are dangers.
Some hazards are obvious, such as the substations. These buildings are well signposted and their access is restricted. But other hazards are not so obvious and only become apparent due to a change in weather and other environmental conditions – and these conditions can change very quickly.
We want visitors and river users to have a great experience around our power stations. That’s why it is important that the public take a positive attitude to their personal safety and remember the following safety rules
• Follow all instructions on site and obey all signage.
• Keep out of designated hazardous areas. These include areas on the lake where there are spill gates and intakes. At these locations, the surface may look calm, but the deeper waters flow fast and strong.
• Stay in designated areas.
• Look after each other and supervise children closely.
• Observe water levels closely. Conditions may be good at the scheme, but the rivers might be rising quickly due to flash floods or changes in water takes.
• At Piriaka, the Whanganui River has large upstream diversions and water levels change very quickly and frequently – even in summer.
• Always notify someone of where you are, as our sites are mostly unmanned and it may be some time before you are spotted if you get into trouble.
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