All turbines up at Tilt's 133.3-MW Waipipi wind farm in New Zealand

Te Apiti wind farm in New Zealand. Author: Jondaar_1. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

February 15 (Renewables Now) - Australian power producer Tilt Renewables Ltd (ASX:TLT) has installed all turbines at its 133.3-MW Waipipi wind farm in New Zealand and is feeding power to the grid.

Power exports have been initiated from 29 of the wind park’s 31 turbines, Tilt said in a project update on Friday. Work is currently ongoing on the commissioning of the final two machines, with construction activities winding down.

Located in the South Taranaki territorial authority, the Waipipi plant is equipped with 31 Siemens Gamesa turbines of 4.3 MW each, which are expected to generate around 455 GWh of electricity per year. The whole output will be sold to utility Genesis Energy Ltd (NZE:GNE) under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) signed in May 2019.

The construction is carried out by Higgins Contractors Ltd and is due to finish “very close to the original schedule,” due to the lockdown caused by the pandemic, said Tilt’s CEO Deion Campbell.

Waipipi will be Tilt’s largest single-site asset in New Zealand, the power producer noted. It previously said the project will be realised at a total cost of NZD 277 million (USD 200.6m/EUR 165.2m).

(NZD 1.0 = USD 0.724/EUR 0.596)

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