Mill Creek is a development location for a 26-turbine wind farm located north-west of Wellington city. This project will generate up to 59.8 megawatts of electricity each year, which is enough to provide for around 30,000 average New Zealand homes with renewable energy. Construction is currently in progress, with a completion date set for around December 2014.
Meridian Energy engaged BBO to undertake detailed Civil and Structural Engineering design for the site access roading which comprises of approximately 23km of access roading through very challenging terrain. The site roading requires design and construction to a suitable standard to accommodate the large, over dimension haulage vehicles required to deliver the turbine components to the ridge top windfarm platform locations.
BBO were also tasked with preparation of all of the environmental management plans required to satisfy the various resource consents for the project including erosion and sediment control plans, streamworks plans and traffic management plans. To date their plans have been effectively implemented on site to ensure that the environmental effects of the windfarm construction project are minimised. BBO's involvement has also extended to obtaining additional resource consent authorisations on behalf of Meridian Energy.
Throughout the project, BBO has worked closely with Meridian Energy and has also liaised directly with local Councils and stakeholder groups to ensure that the project works are carried out to the satisfaction of all parties.