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is small town by a hydro-electric power station and the largest man-made lake in New Zealand created by the dam and a nearby mountain all bearing the same name, given by the pioneer settler Alexander McMurdo after his birthplace Benmore in Scotland, in the 1850s.
It is the second largest hydro-electric station in the country.
The dam is 110 m high from its base to the crest which measures 610 m across.
It has been generating power since 1966.
A nearby station changes the AC into DC current to feed it into an inter-island cable, and after crossing Cook Strait it is changed back to AC for the North Island grid system.

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