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Blast cloud as explosives are used to create the spillway intake at the Benmore hydroelectric project - Photographer unidentified, [ca Mar 1960]

Reference Number: PAColl-8557-35

Blast cloud as explosives are used to create the spillway intake at the Benmore hydroelectric project. Photograph taken circa March 1960, by an unidentified photographer.

Key terms:
1 image, related to Benmore Hydro, Earthwork - New Zealand - Canterbury Region, Hydroelectric power plants - New Zealand - Canterbury Region and Explosions - New Zealand - Canterbury Region.

Part of:
Evening Post photographic prints, Reference Number PAColl-0614-2 (404 digitised items)
Evening Post :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post newspaper, Reference Number PA-Group-00287 (5802 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original photographic print(s)Silver gelatin print 15.9 x 21.4 cm. Horizontal imageSingle photograph

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Inscriptions: Inscribed - Verso - Evening Post caption, attached to back of print, reads: "The biggest single blasting job of the scheme took place at the Benmore hydro project last week when more than 17,000lbs of explosives were used in this shot on the spillway intake cut above the main dam site. The cut, leading to the spillway gates and sluices, will eventually be 100ft deep. Designed to cope with the worst flood likely to occur in 1000 years, the spillway will be able to pass 120,000 cusecs compared withe the Waitaki's average flow of 12,000 cusecs. the completed job will have involved the removal of 700,000 cu yds of rock and overburden, and the placing of 150,000 cu yds of concrete."; Verso - stamped in ink - 9 Mar 1960

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