Mahinerangi Wind Farm
The Mahinerangi Wind Farm is located on 1723 ha of farmland close to Lake Mahinerangi, which feeds TrustPower’s existing four-station Waipori Hydro Scheme. Construction of stage one of the wind farm was completed in April 2011 and involved the installation of twelve 3 MW turbines.
Local runanga Te Runanga o Otakau has named the wind farm Puke Kapo Hau, which means 'the hill that catches the wind'.
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Weekly Construction Reports
Mahinerangi Wind Farm's Community Consultation Group
Turbine Transport Route and Details
About the Mahinerangi Wind Farm
The Mahinerangi Wind Farm Resource Consent
All the turbines are now fully commissioned and operational and the site is being demobilised. The remaining site work consits of tussock planting and tidying up.
The transport of all components was completed in February and all turbines have now been installed. Commissioning of the turbines is ongoing. All turbines will be up and running by the end of March. The Mahinerangi Wind Turbine Display was a successful. An estimated 1,500 people came along on Saturday 5 February to the display on Fryatt Street at Port Otago, demonstrating locals' enthusiasm for the project. Donation buckets raised an impressive total of $2,255, with this money then matched by TrustPower, Vestas (who manufacture and maintain the turbines) and Downer. A cheque for $9,020 was presented to Lee Stream School during a wind farm field trip.
The towers for the 12 Vestas V90 turbines have arrived at Port Otago and been transported up to the wind farm and installed. On 24 January the first shipment of blades for the turbines arrived (see picture to the right), and these will be transported up to site in late January/early February. These 45 metre long blades, along with the 72 tonne nacelle, will be on display at the Mahinerangi Wind Turbine Display being held on Saturday 5 February from 10 am - 3 pm at Fryatt Street, Port Otago (behind Fulton Hogan). This is a FREE event and a great chance to see the latest in wind turbine technology up close!
Site roading and foundation work is largely completed. The focus is on completing the backfilling of foundations and finishing off of hardstands and roading for the arrival of turbine components in January. Electrical reticulation works will also be completed.
Civil and electrical construction activities for site roads, foundations and cable trenching continue. All foundations have been excavated and seven of the twelve have been poured. Three new 70m metre metrological masts have also been installed. An extension of the overhead transmission line (1.5 Km) from Deep Stream station 1 has been installed.
Civil and electrical construction activities are in full swing with the construction of roads, foundations and cable trenches. Concrete foundation pours are to commence in November while civil and electrical activities continue.
Following a blessing by local Iwi work commences on stage one of the Mahinerangi Wind Farm, with TrustPower CEO Vince Hawksworth turning the first sod. Read more here.
See the latest simulations of how stage one of the Mahinerangi Wind Farm is going to look.
View the two simulations here.
TrustPower’s board of directors approves the building of stage one of the Mahinerangi Wind Farm. Read about that announcement here.