Siemens Gamesa joins 176-MW wind project in New Zealand

Meridian Energy's Makara wind park in New Zealand. Author: Gabriel Pollard. License: Creative Commons. Attribution 2.0 Generic.

March 10 (Renewables Now) - Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) has added its name to the list of key suppliers for the 176-MW Harapaki wind project in New Zealand.

The company secured a contract with New Zealand electric utility Meridian Energy Ltd (NZE:MEL) to deliver 41 units of Siemens Gamesa 4.3-MW onshore turbines for the project and provide operation and maintenance (O&M) services for 30 years.

The Harapaki wind farm will be located in the Hawke’s Bay region, close to the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

Siemens Gamesa expects to start the commissioning process in 2023.

The turbine company joins Hick Bros Civil Construction Ltd and Spartan Construction Ltd, which as a joint venture have been hired as civil engineering contractors. State-owned grid operator Transpower New Zealand Ltd will supply, install and commission the substation and take care of the grid connection. The remaining key roles are filled by Italian cable provider Prysmian (BIT:PRY), South Korean industrial conglomerate Hyosung Corp (KRX:004800) and New Zealand regional power contractor Unison Contracting Services Ltd.

Meridian Energy is a repeat customer of Siemens Gamesa, having previously ordered 267 MW of turbines, the manufacturer said.

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