Smooth Sailing for New Zealand Wind Farm

November 12, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] New Zealand-based TrustPower Limited reported the expansion of the company’s Tararua windfarm from 48 to 103 turbines is making solid progress, with the first of the new turbines on target for commissioning in before Christmas. Contractors have completed the excavation of all foundations, and poured the concrete in more than half of them. In addition, backfilling and site preparation has been completed for 25 percent of the turbine sites, ready for tower and turbine erection. Six towers are now partially erected on the site, with the first compete tower to be lifted into place next week. Before the end of November, TrustPower has scheduled the delivery of the first turbines, the arrival on site of two 100 ton cranes, the pouring of transformer foundations, and the erection of turbine controller buildings. During the last half of the month, all contractors will be on site, with a total workforce of around 45 people. Barring delays, the project should be completed before the winter of 2004.

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