[18 Oct] Genesis Energy have advised that they will be undertaking a significant maintenance programme on the Poutu canal in early 2008. In preparation for this work, an inspection of the canal is planned for Tuesday the 23rd October (early morning to mid-afternoon). During the inspection the Tongariro River below Poutu Intake will have flows between 30 and 35 cumecs and more if it’s raining hard. Be aware, however, that it is possible that rapid changes in water level downstream of the Poutu Intake could occur. Whilst the actual dates of the repair work have yet to be confirmed, the works are likely to commence in early January and take up to four months to complete. Update 14 December: Genesis have confirmed work will start Monday 7 January and be completed in early May 2008.