Discussion: 240V 16 amp

.I recently purchased a two-hotplate electric cooktop (why use own gas when the electricity is already paid for?). On opening the box and reading the specifications I found that the unit requires 16 amps. Obviously as the input lead is for 15 amps I probably have a problem. Does any one know whether ; (a) using only one hotplate reduces the amps required (b) whether 16 amps would only be drawn if thermostat was set on high or (c) would drawing 16 amps would cause a problem anyhow? Any advice would be appreciated as you can see I am electricity illiterate.

John, NSW