Meridian Energy monthly operating report for March 2022

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Linked here is Meridian Energy Limited's monthly operating report for the month of March 2022.

Mike Roan (CFO) and Owen Hackston (Investor Relations Manager) will host a quarterly operating result call via a Microsoft Teams Live event today, Thursday 14 April at 3pm NZST (1pm AEST).

Click on the link below at this time to join the call.

Meridian Energy Quarterly Operating results – Microsoft Teams Live Event

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Highlights this month include:

  • In the month to 12 April 2022, national hydro storage decreased from 102% to 81% of historical average
  • South Island storage decreased to 73% of average and North Island storage increased to 148% of average by 12 April 2022
  • Meridian’s March 2022 monthly total inflows were 38% of historical average, the lowest March month inflows on record
  • Both Meridian’s Waitaki and Waiau catchments recorded their lowest March inflows on record, with Waiau inflows only 22% of historical average
  • Meridian’s Waitaki catchment water storage at the end of March 2022 was 92% of historical average
  • Water storage in Meridian’s Waiau catchment was 24% of average at the end of March 2022
  • National electricity demand in March 2022 was 1.3% lower than the same month last year
  • Meridian made calls under the Genesis swaption in March 2022 and early April 2022
  • March was a warm month for most of the country. Rainfall was generally below average, the notable exception was the east of the North Island
  • New Zealand Aluminium Smelter’s average load during March 2022 was 572MW
  • Meridian’s New Zealand retail sales volumes in March 2022 were 5.9% higher than March 2021
  • Compared to March 2021, segment sales increased in residential +9.9%, small medium business +17.5%, large business +10.9% and corporate +10.8%. Agricultural volumes were -18.2% lower than March 2021

Highlights for the first quarter include:

  • Meridian’s Q3 total inflows were 64% of historical average, 8% lower than Q3 last year
  • Q3 Waiau catchment inflows were the lowest Q3 inflows on record
  • Meridian’s Waitaki catchment water storage at the end of Q3 was 55% higher than Q3 last year
  • Compared to Q3 last year, Meridian’s New Zealand generation was 9.2% higher at a 27.5% lower average price
  • Q3 saw increases in futures prices across the forward curve
  • New Zealand Aluminium Smelter’s sales volume in Q3 was the same as Q3 last year
  • National electricity demand in Q3 was 0.6% lower than Q3 last year
  • 2021-22 summer (Dec-Feb) was the 5th warmest on record with above average rainfall, except for northern New Zealand and far South of the country
  • At the end of Q3, Meridian’s New Zealand customer numbers were 7.5% higher than the same time last year
  • Compared to Q3 last year, Meridian’s NZ retail sales volumes were 4.9% higher at a 7.1% higher average price
  • Sales increased in most segments, large business and agricultural volumes were lower
  • Compared to Q3 last year, total operating costs were 15.8% higher, largely reflecting timing of fortnightly payroll implementation
  • Compared to Q3 last year, total capital expenditure was 35.6% lower
  • Q3 2021 capex included the first payment to Siemens Gamesa under the Harapaki wind farm contract

Neal Barclay
Chief Executive
Meridian Energy Limited


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Investor Relations Manager
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