Meridian and Contact share a vision to establish a large-scale, low cost, green hydrogen facility in the lower South Island of New Zealand. To achieve this vision, we invite Registrations from suitably resourced organisations willing to be involved in producing and/or purchasing green hydrogen.
We are offering up to 600MW (~5 TWh pa) of electricity or the equivalent volume of green hydrogen at globally competitive, renewable-backed prices from 1 January 2025. Our preference is for the production of green hydrogen to commence as soon after 1 January 2025 as practicable.
Given the emerging nature of green hydrogen markets, we are open to either:
Limited involvement, restricted to the sale of electricity to producers of green hydrogen; or
More extensive involvement as part of a consortium to produce and market green hydrogen.
The process set out in the Registration of Interest document is intended to assist with and inform this decision.
This process is also summarised in a set of slides that can be downloaded.
Information about the ROI
To submit a response to the ROI, please do so through the following link:
Key related infrastructure links
South Port New Zealand Ltd (South Port) is the southernmost commercial port in New Zealand.
Transpower is New Zealand’s transmission grid owner and operator.
New Zealand electricity sector overview
Electricity in New Zealand (NZ Electricity Authority)
Key legislation and regulatory instruments
Environmental management legislation
Local authorities manage environmental consenting processes in their region under the Resource Management Act 1991. Under the Act, Regional Councils are responsible for managing the effects of activities on the environment.
Health and safety
All major hazard facility owners must comply with New Zealand’s key work health and safety legislation - the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, together with regulations (most notably the Health and Safety at Work (Major Hazard Facilities) Regulations 2016) made under that Act.
The main purpose of the Act is to provide for a balanced framework to secure the health and safety of workers and workplaces. The Act applies to nearly all work in New Zealand and it focuses on both injuries and work-related illnesses.
There are four duty holders that have work health and safety duties under the Act - persons conducting a business or undertaking, workers, officers and other persons at a workplace - and a duty holder cannot transfer or contract out of these duties.
The Overseas Investment Act 2005 requires overseas investments in sensitive New Zealand assets to meet certain criteria for consent and imposes conditions on those overseas investments.
Electricity industry regulatory framework
The electricity industry is covered by generic legislation as well as acts and regulations specific to the sector. An overview of the electricity industry regulatory framework can be found here.