Windflow puts hand up for Wellington wind scheme

01:43, Jan 31 2009
FORCES OF NATURE: More renewable sources such as hydro and wind power are neccessary if New Zealand is to meet climate change targets, according to former Electricity Commission chairman Roy Hemmingway.

Christchurch turbine-maker Windflow Technology is taking on more responsibility in the proposed Long Gully wind farm project in Wellington.

Its shareholders have voted on the agreement between Windflow and state-owned Mighty River Power (MRP) in which Windflow will take on the project management in addition to supplying and commissioning around 20 turbines for MRP, one of the three big state power companies.

Windflow will also be responsible for resource consent application, civil construction work including roads and foundations within the wind farm.

Windflow said it had experience in resource management and management of civil construction through its involvement with its subsidiary NZ Windfarms, which obtained consents for the Te Rere Hau wind farm being developed in the Manawatu.

MRP investment manager William Meek told shareholders at the special meeting on Wednesday evening that Long Gully would be a test case for Windflow's two-bladed turbine.

MRP is developing a $300 million geothermal project at Kawerau in the North Island.

Windflow said there was a risk that turbine component prices could increase faster than the producers' price index.

Wind farm construction must start by December 30 next year, Windflow told shareholders in the notice of special meeting. Windflow's subsidiary, NZ Windfarms, also remains a key customer.



The Press