Te Uku Wind Farm
The Te Uku Wind Farm project near Raglan, in the North Island, is a partnership between WEL Networks and Meridian Energy.
In November, Meridian commenced construction of the wind farm, which will generate 64.4 megawatts of power - enough to provide the average annual needs of around 30,000 homes. The project will be completed in October 2010.
The WEL Networks team is constructing the 25 kilometre electricity transmission route that will connect the Te Uku Wind Farm with WEL Networks' susbstations at Te Kowhai and Te Uku. This is a 33kV line, 8 kilometres of which will be underground.
Balfour Beatty United Group won the contract to construct the overhead line. Tennex and Utility Installations are the two companies constructing the underground sections.
Project Te Uku is unique as it is the first wind farm build with partnering principles between a community power trust and a state owned power generator and retailer.
Project Te Uku represents an alliance between two organisations with strong beliefs and experience in supporting community initiatives and a commitment to running their businesses in ways that improve the lives of New Zealanders.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 31 July 2012