BBO was engaged by WEL Networks and Meridian Energy to provide planning and engineering input into the design, consent authorisation and construction of the Te Uku windfarm. The Te Uku windfarm is the only windfarm within the upper North Island and comprises of 28 turbines and approximately 26km of access roading upon a prominent ridgeline location near Raglan.
BBO’s planning teams role was to manage consultation with stakeholders, present evidence on consultation and civil issues at the Council hearing, obtain additional consents/variations/designations, preparation of environmental management plans and carry out compliance audits over the windfarm construction period. Additionally, BBO’s engineering team carried out the detailed civil design and construction supervision of the windfarm access roading and turbine platforms.
The resource consents for the windfarm were obtained in 2008 and the appeals to those consents were resolved without the need to go to the Environment Court. Construction of the windfarm occurred from early 2010 through to late 2011 with a high level of compliance and all consent requirements being achieved over the construction period including the project being presented with an environmental award from the Waikato Regional Council.
The windfarm is now fully operational and has become a significant feature of the landscape within the western Waikato. BBO has also been engaged by Meridian Energy to assist with the design and construction of the Mill Creek windfarm in Wellington along with design advice for the Central Wind and Mangaharuru windfarm sites in the Central North Island.
"Bloxam Burnett & Olliver (BBO) played an integral part in the successful construction and commissioning of Meridian Energy’s Te Uku Wind Farm in the Waikato, leading the civil design and engineering aspects of the project.
BBO also provided consenting and environmental management services for the project. The project was delivered ahead of schedule, under budget and was recognised by both the Waikato Regional Council and the energy sector at the Deloitte’s Energy Awards for excellence in environmental management."
Robert Batters, Senior Project Manager - Meridian Energy