The Global Wind Industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. It is set to reach over $25 billion dollars by 2025. There are currently 17 wind farms in New Zealand, providing 6% of annual electricity & powering over 300,000 homes. Wind energy is predicted to provide 20% of all New Zealand’s power generation by 2035.
WSP Opus has been part of New Zealand’s energy landscape for over 50 years and in Canada, WSP has been involved in the energy market for 100 years.
Project West Wind comprises 62 wind turbines located in complex terrain on Wellington’s windy west coast. It is managed by Meridian Energy, New Zealand’s largest energy provider, generating 35% of the country’s electricity.
The project included the construction of 33 km of new roads through steeply undulating and sloping terrain. Road and platform construction involved the movement of approximately 1,800,000 m3 of cut to fill/disposal.
WSP Opus provided support from the earliest stages of feasibility to the wind farm’s final opening. Offering a range of services to ensure for future ready infrastructure such as:
- Feasibility assessments to transport wind turbine components from port to site
- Support at Environment Court hearings to support Meridian through the statutory processes
- Providing guidance on the ground conditions to support the design and construction supervision of internal roads, turbine pad foundations and the substation foundation;
- Geotechnical monitoring of earthworks, turbine foundations and turbine platforms supporting the 400tonne crane during the construction phase.
Construction of the wind farm began in October 2007, with power from the first 15 turbines from April 2009. Final commissioning of the wind farm was completed by December 2009.