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Contact Energy, New Zealand, is the second largest electricity generator in the country.

They operate five geothermal power stations across three fields – Ohaaki, Wairakei and Tauhara.

For the last ten years Contact Energy has been on a journey to get resource appraisals, assessment and review more into the 3D space. Seequent has been a key partner in this journey. Leapfrog Energy has enabled Contact to become agile in finding answers so they can readily adapt to new information and plan accordingly.


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Video Transcript

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<v ->Contact Energy operate across three geothermal fields,</v>

in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, Ohaaki, Wairakei and Tauhara

and we have five geothermal power stations on those fields,

generating about 430 megawatts

of electricity from geothermal.

<v ->We are the second largest generator</v>

of electricity in New Zealand.

<v ->Our operations in New Zealand</v>

have a very very long history.

<v ->Wairakei has been in operation for more than 60 years now,</v>

and still going strong.

2026, is when the Wairakei consents expire,

and Contact is planning

to apply for a renewal of those consents.

<v ->As part of our consent to operate on these fields,</v>

we interact with the regional councils.

In the last 10 years, Contact’s been on a journey,

like the rest of the geothermal industry,

to get their resource appraisal assessment

and review more into a 3D space.

<v ->We find that visuals is always a common language</v>

that everyone understands.

<v ->Seequent offers the Leapfrog geothermal software.</v>

It’s definitely been a big step forward in communication,

to the broader team, both within the company,

but also actually outwardly into the community as well.

<v ->So that’s a critical part of our business,</v>

and being able to visualize things

that you can’t see easily from the surface,

is absolutely essential for us.

<v ->Leapfrog can also give us the opportunity</v>

to simplify some of the concepts we deal with

to actually get people

to interact with them a little bit more readily.

It’s also been a really strong evolution on

how we look at linking understanding

from a geo-science perspective of the subsurface

with our geologists, geophysicists, and geochemists.

<v ->Seequent technology, in essence,</v>

supports all our range of subsurface activities,

both monitoring and both drilling.

<v ->We need to combine multiple types of data,</v>

whether it’s geophysics, MT surveys, microseismic data,

alongside structural geology, and formation imaging,

and fractal orientation to give us that picture.

<v ->We understand the data.</v>

We understand the interrelationships of the data.

We can visualize and understand things

that are going on beneath the ground.

<v ->When you start building a picture,</v>

that is consistent, with a range of datasets,

rather than with one particular data set.

From that point of view,

it help us build concept models more reliable

and more consistent with the whole data.

<v ->Leapfrog lets us bring all those things together,</v>

and also rapidly appraise out to help

with our targeting and well prognosis developments.

<v ->It’s a relatively agile tool.</v>

It help us find quick answers to problems

and they help us adapt quickly

to the new information and plan accordingly.

There’s no such thing as two wells

that are exactly the same.

Every time we plan a new well,

we’re going into a new reservoir area,

and we’re faced with unique challenges.

So, that’s the great thing about geothermal,

and having a tool like Seequent technology,

which help us work with that uncertainty

and the variety of conditions.

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